The War You Don’t See

Did you see The War You Don’t See on Tuesday night on ITV1?

This John Pilger film is the finest example of how the left has truly lost its way.

It was also an opportunity for journalists like Dan Rather and Rageh Omaar to admit that they failed to do a proper job of scrutinising events in the build up to the invasion of Iraq; proof that some journalists like to run with the hares and hunt with the hounds, depending on which way the wind is blowing.

Pilger hardly bothers with sources which, for a self-proclaimed “world-renowned journalist”, is pretty poor.

For example, he tells us that 90% of those killed in Iraq are civilians. No sources are given.

And he doesn’t mention the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians massacred by Sadaam.

On to Israel.

Pilger starts off by comparing the proposed Palestinian state’s 1948 borders to an extreme version of what they look like now under a “military occupation that defies international law and is backed by one of the world’s most sophisticated propaganda machines”.

No mention is made of the incessant Palestinian terrorism against Israel since Israel’s creation.

Pilger then claims that ten journalists have been killed by Israel since 1992 and many more injured. Yet again no sources are given.

He puts it to Fran Unsworth, BBC Head of Newsgathering, that the newsroom at BBC television centre is “intimidated” into not telling the truth about Israel’s “military occupation”.

Unsworth denies this but then she would wouldn’t she if she was being “intimidated”.

Greg Philo, author of More Bad News From Israel, then claims that a senior news journalist told him:

“We wait in fear of the telephone call from the Israelis.”

As ever this source is not named.

But ITV wasn’t so “in fear” that it wouldn’t show this two hour hatefest about America, Britain and Israel and BBC Radio 5 wasn’t so “in fear” that it wouldn’t allow Pilger to advertise the film on Tuesday morning and two major London cinemas aren’t so “in fear” that they refuse to currently show the film.

Pilger then moves on to the deaths on the Mavi Marmara. He didn’t like the way Mark Regev, who he describes as the “Chief Israeli propagandist”, was given prime billing in the BBC 10 O’clock News’ headlines on June 1st.

Unsworth replies that Regev is a government spokesman who is entitled to put his government’s point of view and that the BBC has a duty to report that view.

But Pilger just inanely complains that that view wouldn’t be accepted by the relatives of the nine dead on the Mavi Marmara.

Pilger then asks where is the Palestinian equivalent of Mark Regev who can speak so articulately in the headlines of the BBC News.

Unsworth agrees but explains that it isn’t her job to go out and appoint a Palestinian spokesperson equivalent to Regev, but that the BBC still allowed all views to be expressed across their range of output. Pilger disagrees that the BBC did do this.

Next Pilger criticises ITV for its coverage of the Mavi Marmara. He claims that the Israelis supplied ITV with “doctored film, even with captions, which was widely used across ITV and BBC” and that the Israeli “propaganda” of their soldiers being attacked as they landed on the boat dominated the news.

Again, Pilger offers zero evidence that the Israeli footage was “doctored”.

David Mannion, Editor-in-Chief of ITV News, disagreed that Israel’s version dominated but, incredibly, goes on to say that “the Israeli propaganda machine, as you well know, is very, very sophisticated”.

Mannion then explains that newsrooms do sometimes fall in to traps laid for them and that it is only after the event that one can look back and write a definitive history, but that the newsrooms have to report the news as it happens.

Pilger complained that the Palestinians have no time for a definitive history to be written.

Pilger then goes on to show “independent” footage of events on the Mavi Marmara, which, although consisting of images of lots of bloodied passengers, proves nothing.

But blood is what Pilger and his cohorts on the left do so well.

In The War You Don’t See you do see lots of dead children. He uses them very effectively.

All sides have dead children but America, Britain and Israel don’t use them as propaganda tools. We bury them and let them rest in peace instead of parading their tragically broken bodies.

The War You Don’t See is one man’s biased view of the world and is a rehash of old news, old footage and old lies.

But then what do you expect from someone who equates “the treatment of Palestinians with this criminalized Nazi record of collective atrocity”.

94 responses to “The War You Don’t See

  1. Good post, Richard.

    Several things struck me about Pilger’s latest effort:

    1) The TV journalist who ‘waits in fear of telephone calls’ wants to get a thicker skin.

    2) Governments across the world have media spokespeople. Why does Pilger only take issue with Israel having one?

    3) The way he constantly tells journalists and editors they should be ashamed of themselves is incredibly patronising and pompous. Pilger has done some great things in his career but if he wants to go down the shame road then he has plenty to be ashamed of, not least in his constant distortions against Israel.

    I understand JustJournalism are going to produce a response on Pilger’s latest doc. I look forward to that.

    Hope to see you at the JN bash tonight Richard!

  2. Good article Richard. As regards Pilger, the clue lies in the “self-proclaimed.” Representatives of the one-eyed loony left are hardly insightful are they?

  3. “Why does Pilger only take issue with Israel having one?”

    Because he is a total shit with an agenda, maybe?
    He has done nothing in his ‘career’ of any value. Any collateral thing he’s got right accidentally is merely by virtue of being a stopped clock. It’s all to do with self-aggrandisement.
    I remember his declaration that ALL the problems in the ME are due to Israel. He’s been screeching and spitting this bile all his life.

  4. “We wait in fear of the telephone call from the Israelis.”
    So do i but it’ normally from familly in Tel-Aviv asking me to come and visit

  5. Pilger is a prick…a (Edited – RM) hating scumbag. Julius Streicher would have loved his ‘work’.

  6. And learned from it.

  7. For example, he tells us that 90% of those killed in Iraq are civilians. No sources are given.

    Common sense. No one seriously disputes the approx. number of 1,000,000 dead in Iraq. At the end of hostilities (‘Mission Accomplished’ as the Chimperor declared) the body count, mainly Iraq army, was estimated by Pentagon sources to be 35,000 – 40,000. In terms of percentage Pilger is in the right ballpark.

    And he doesn’t mention the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians massacred by Sadaam.

    You mean when Saddam Hussein was still ‘our man in the Middle East’? While we sold him weapons? While he gassed Kurds and started a war against Iran (another million or so dead)? And used chemical warfare against Iran? What did we do then, huh? N-O-T-H-I-N-G!

    A bit like we supported the Taleban and bin Laden to the hilt with money and weapons in their fight against the Other Evil Empire? Then we supported Evil, no we fight it. We’re sooooo full of unadulterated goodness…

    David Mannion, Editor-in-Chief of ITV News, disagreed that Israel’s version dominated but, incredibly, goes on to say that “the Israeli propaganda machine, as you well know, is very, very sophisticated”.

    You should know Richard, you’re the admittedly less sophisticated part of the propaganda machine… The ‘British wing’ so to speak…

  8. “as the Chimperor declared”

    Yes, Streicher would have learned from this little shit, too.

    “A bit like we supported the Taleban”

    Learn to write an English sentence, then come back.

    In the mean time, eff off.
    .

  9. Yoni:

    Your sophisticated rebuttal leaves me no choice but to hang my head in shame and repent (not).

    Have you joined the ‘Jewish wing’ of the English Defence League yet?

    • I bet you don’t even know who Streicher was. Therefore, that was already more sophisticated than your so-called mind could ever grasp.

  10. Also a real corker was:

    The War You Don’t See is one man’s biased view of the world and is a rehash of old news, old footage and old lies.

    This blog is nothing more than one man’s biased view or the world, thinly disguised as ‘non-Zionist’ and ‘independent’ ‘journalism’. If Pilger’s bad, then you deserve each other. Birds of a feather…

  11. Talking about borders, breaking the Gaza blockade, the issue of return, the issue of construction and all discussion focused solely on the details of a Palestinian state agreement are smoke screens for the ‘true issue’ in the Middle East. The truth is simply that Arabs, whether Palestinian or from any of the Arab countries, wants the existence of any Jewish state in the Middle East, especially one that not only survives, but also prospers. The question to be discussed is: What do Israelis, Jews and other non-believers around the world do about this desire for Jewish genocide? The Palestinian issue is a rallying point for the Muslim world leaders not to focus their attention on helping their own people out of the binds of an old tribal civilization. Their goal is Islamic world domination.

  12. Status of reports/investigations on the Mavi Marmara incident

    http://richard-tebboth.blogspot.com/2010/12/mayhem-in-mediterranean.html

    Note to Richard M: please delete the intemperate postings above.

  13. Talking of Birds of a Feather, talking of deserving each other… – Hi Gert, Hi Yoni. I see that you guys have met.

    I have a mad idea. Just once, just for a day.

    Try skipping the childish point scoring and all purpose put downs. Get to know each other. Talk like intelligent grown-ups. Think before you type. Treat each other with the respect you both deserve. I think you’ll find you have more in common than you had thought.

    If it doesn’t work out you can always go back to the playground sussing out contest.

    I think I know at least one thing that you have in common. Have you guessed?

    • I have an idea: why don’t you try, just for one day, not to be so bloody pompous and patronising?
      Gert deserves no more respect than Streicher and Pilger do.
      But then, I forgot: you are one of those Jews who prefers not to see the evidence. In the mid-30s, you would probably have claimed that the NSAPD are misunderstood.

      • The point is that if you just insult each other, you’ll never know who was right about the issue in hand. Just who got bored with being rude first.

        Imagine Einstein explaining his theory of relativity and then some idiot saying: “Ye, but you’re wrong because you’ve got funny hair, and I’m more sophisticated than you because I googled some names.”

        It doesn’t really prove much. Go on, give it a go. try behaving to each other like human beings. Respect Gert because he too is one of G-d’s creations.

      • Sorry, read “RELATIVITY”.

  14. Why do Conservative Zioblogs like this one always attract ‘Clash of Civilisations’ types, genre JanSuzanne? Wait! I know that one…

  15. Ah, Dannenbaum wants to join the fray… Jungle drums tell me the rest of his posse can’t be trailing far behind. Let the mudfest begin!

  16. The truth is that the Israeli/Arab conflict is nothing to do with land or a mythical people called ‘palestinians’. It is a genocidal Islamic jihad against the Jews as prescribed in the Koran. Failing or refusing to identify this fact, or recognise it, acknowledge it and state it publicly is moral bankruptcy. Indeed, Pilger knows all this and continues to deligitimise and demonise Israel. This exposes him as a morally degenerate antisemite.

  17. Gertiebabes “no-one seriously disputes” is not a source.

    Name your source for 1,000,000 dead, and name your source that 90% of them were civilians.

  18. Gertie, from whom is Judea and Samaria occupied? You have had a couple months to think it over.

  19. There’s too much petty bickering on here.

    In the meantime here’s a good quote from Martin Luther King:

    “. . . You declare, my friend, that you do not hate the Jews, you… are merely ‘anti-Zionist.
    Antisemitism, the hatred of the Jewish people, has been and remains a blot on the soul of mankind. In this we are in full agreement. So know also this: anti-Zionist is inherently antisemitic, and ever will be so.
    The antisemite must constantly seek new forms and forums for his poison. How he must revel in the new masquerade! He does not hate the Jews, he is just ‘anti-Zionist’!
    Let my words echo in the depths of your soul: When people criticize Zionism, they mean Jews–make no mistake about it.”

  20. “no-one seriously disputes” is not a source – well, it is for Gert, Pilger, Loach, and other such ‘humanists’, and they are all honourable men …

    Gert probably still maintains that 99.99% of the dead in Cast Lead were old women over 67.4. The fact that Hamas has said they weren’t, proves that Hamas is a Zionist stooge.

  21. What a shame that bishop Dez, a fearless fighter against racism, doesn’t know this, Roger.

  22. DM seems to have a really, really, really difficult time following elementary logic.
    I said nothing about Gert’s hair. I was referring to his non-stop lies about Israel. Do try to keep up.
    And I don’t need to ask Gert about the issue at hand, thanks all the same. I know more about it than Gert will ever know in his sad, useless life.
    Now go and do something useful, like watching paint dry.

  23. Indeed, Dez the DisGRACE is merely an opportunist, a perfect example of vanity paying tribute to compassion, sacrificing truth in the process.

  24. Richard….even though you edited my comment above, I love your blog…it’s one of my favourites. I’m a Brit abroad, but if I were back in Blighty , I’d be down there at Ahava and attending the events you highlight, supporting you in Israel’s defence.

    • richardmillett

      Thanks, Roger. The anti-Israel lobby are a squeamish lot who can give but who can’t take it and threaten to sue sue sue over anything.

  25. I appreciate your concern, Richard. Sorry for my ‘intemperate’ comment above, but I like to call a spade a spade and cut through the smokescreens.

  26. There’s also the bish of York, who sat in a tent for the Lebanese victims of Israeli aggression (though he may not have used quite that word). What a great photo-op and promotional video. He knew that speaking up for Israeli victims would not carry such a cachet and street cred with the cool crowd.

  27. Roger:

    Indeed, Pilger knows all this and continues to deligitimise and demonise Israel. This exposes him as a morally degenerate antisemite.

    That’s because anyone who criticizes Israel is a ‘morally degenerate antisemite’ , that goes w/o saying doesn’t it? Israel should really start issuing a loyalty oath to any non-Israeli, if you ask me, just to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff…

    Roger, you got a comment redacted here? Blimey, son: what did you do? Move a mountain? Cos’ that’s what it seems to take here to get some moderation going…

    • No: it’s because lying constantly – you know, that bad thing that your parents never taught you about, for some strange reason – is a morally degenerate thing to do.

  28. PS. Yes, moderation here is very laid-back. Any filthy antisemite can post here.

  29. Richard:
    If you had the chance to make a 60 min doc about your favourite subject, Hamas, it too would be almost completely devoid of sources: the current ‘docutainment/infotainment’ format doesn’t lend itself much to a more, shall we say ‘scientific’ approach.

    Claims made here by the most ridiculous of your customer re. Evil Arabs/Muslims wanting to take over the world and destroy Israel are also entirely baseless and sourceless: I don’t see you even object in the slightest.

    • Baseless? Sourceless? LOL. I really can’t decide whether you are more stupid or more ignorant. It’s probably neck and neck. They SAY so, you muppet. Ever heard of Jihad? Ever hear of the Ummah? Ever heard of the global caliphate? Ever heard of the high % of Muslims who want to institute full shariah in the UK?

    • richardmillett

      This is a blog, Gert. What is said in the comments section does not mean I agree or disagree. You are being totally unfair to make this claim. Should i only allow comments i agree with? If so, i would edit you out totally. Pilger makes a pathetic claim, by allowing it unchallenged in his film, that the media is “in fear” of the phonecall from Israel. In the meantime his film was shown on mainstream TV, was advertised on the BBC and IS currently being shown in two mainstream London cinemas. The man is a hypocrite.

  30. Yoni (aka the Waynetta of the Britziosphere):

    There’s also the bish of York, who sat in a tent for the Lebanese victims of Israeli aggression (though he may not have used quite that word). What a great photo-op and promotional video. He knew that speaking up for Israeli victims would not carry such a cachet and street cred with the cool crowd.

    What a load of tosh. There were plenty who commiserated with Israeli victims and they got plenty, plenty attention and air time. Going by the American MSM you could have believed there where no Lebanese victims.

    And what’s with the use of the words Israeli aggression? Freudian slip?

  31. It’s called s-a-r-c-a-s-m, you utterly sad person.

  32. Funny that, to me it’s called t-r-u-t-h, Waynetta.

  33. Of course it does (not that your sentence is even meaningful English). You think that lies are the truth. That is why everyone here laughs at you, and most here despise you as a waste of protoplasm.

  34. Interesting that John Pilger is a staunch supporter of Wikileaks. The one country whose politicians come out from under the Wikileaks shitstorm smelling of roses – clandestinely supported even by their purported enemies – is Israel. I’d like to hear his take on that.

    • Then you must have missed the leak about the Chief of Mossad suggesting to close down Al Jazeera. The Chief of the secret service of a ‘democracy’ calling for taking down a part of the free press… There’ll be more soon, trust me…

      • A-Jazeera is the free press? ROFLMAO

      • To idiots like Gert, Israel is a ‘democracy’ and Abu Dhabi is a democracy. Iran, it goes without saying, is a paradise on earth.
        I’ve seen amoebas who are more intelligent than Gert.

    • richardmillett

      I heard his answer. As ever he claims that the ones that want to attack Iran are autocrats. Ric, they have an answer for everything!

  35. I don’t think the USA comes out badly at all, quite the reverse. Which is a brilliant outcome, given that the whole disgusting Assange circus is driven purely by USA-hatred (which of course is why it attracts scum like Pilger). Must give him a mammoth ulcer – a win-win of I ever saw one.

    • Yeah, they came out looking brilliantly, especially in that ‘shoot’em up’ helicopter video. ‘Keep shoot’n, keep shoot’n!’ They’re only coloured untermenschen, who gives a f*ck!

      Increasing numbers of US SERVICEMEN are coming out of the wood work. A bit like Israeli refuseniks, really…

  36. Hey gertie, what is your source for your figures?

    And from whom is Judea and Samaria “occupied”?

    You like ignoring questions you can’t answer, don’t you? Comes from believing too many lies.

  37. Gertie, let’s not mention your fellow countrymen in Africa.

    I never knew there were so many Flemish Nazis.

  38. Adam,

    There was an security guard in our local Judean mall, whose main job was to ask shoppers whether they were armed or not. In the the former eventuality, he would proceed to inspect their gun licenses.

    Unfortunately, he would invariably say “Neshek Yesh?” which translated comes out as something like, “A firearm, do you have?”. Of course the good folk of Maale Adumim understood him, but to me it always seemed lamentable that a human being would make a living from repeating a single two-word phrase, but forever get it wrong.

    I mention all of this because I’m sure that it no regular reader could be oblivious to your partiality for:

    “And from whom is Judea and Samaria “occupied”?”

    Without doubt, you have turned this unanswerable question into a highly potent weapon and with its help have successfully stumped even the most skilled and determined of foes.

    In my mind’s eye, I see late night meetings in secret, dark, Bridlington cellars where Gert and his fanatical band of propagandists forever plan and scheme. However, even they know that when Adam asks them:

    “And from whom is Judea and Samaria “occupied”?”

    They will be stumped. How could they be otherwise?

    For the reason that I recognize the brilliance of your question and my wish to preserve its integrity, and because the security guard with his incorrect phrase still echoes sadly in my ears, I beg you to consider using “are” rather than “is”. It might involve an extra key stroke, but I’m certain that it is more accurate.

    “And from whom are Judea and Samaria “occupied”?”

    Judea and Samaria are in fact two separate geographical entities, though they do border each other. I, for example, live in Judea, while the legendary Yisrael Medad has built his home in Samaria.

    A final word of advice. I have as many Gert hours as any man on this blog, and all my profiling experience has led me to believe that calling him Gertie has little effect, like water off the proverbial duck’s back. To my mind the best way to vex him is to:

    1. Use humor. He has none and in this area he is like a fish out of water.

    2. Never discuss any subjects that can be searched for on the net. His googling skills are second to none.

    3. Check out the excellent Belgian Anti Defamation Institute.
    http://www.goodnewsforliberaldemocracy.org/belgianantidefamationinstitute/

    4. Finally and most importantly, address him with very long-winded and tedious postings, like this one, which at the end of the day say very little.

  39. There is absolutely nothing ‘incorrect’ in the question “Nesheq yesh?”. It is perfectly good colloquial modern Hebrew. Attempting to render it word for word in English is absurd. First, word order in Hebrew is very flexible. It is far more rigidly prescribed in English. You cannot, therefore, hope to catch the sense of a sentence by doing this. Second, more generally, you simply don’t (mis-)translate an idiomatic collocation such as “X yesh?”, where X can be anything from olives to Ma’ariv to a firearm, literally.

  40. PS. And even on your own absurd terms, you still managed to get it woefully wrong. The Hebrew does not say anything that corresponds to either ‘you’ or ‘have’.

  41. What would be said in the phone call say that is feared by those dhimmis?

  42. Your ignorance is only matched by your impertinence. Sadly many years of yerida have taught you little about manners. You are foul-mouthed lout and have now shown you don’t know how to translate the Hebrew word yesh.

    Your ignorance is only matched by your impertinence

  43. thanks for the language lesson guys

    I can proudly report that I have learned my first word of Hebrew including pronounciation and context. The pronounciation is exactly the same as it was in our offices in Napoleon III wife’s villa when we cried it out over all the glass partitions in order to alert our colleagues that they needed to take care of our telephone. “je vais faire P…”

    I learned it from Latma’s latest and am too concerned for the purity of Richard’s comment thread to spell it out here. Therefore I give you just one hint, it starts with a P and is part of the first sentence the Happy Babbler (as he is called in English) is saying.

    I never knew that French and Hebrew are so closely related. My hopes of being one day able to ingest a Latma without stopping for reading the subtitles are on the increase.

  44. Yoni is the hero of the Palestinian struggel! He runs away from Isreal to make cheap transalates or happy taxi driver maybe!

  45. Can’t even translate “Nesheq yesh?” – and accuses me of ignorance.
    Compares me to dreck – and whines about me being ‘foul-mouthed’.
    ROFLMAO. What a dimbo.

  46. Only antisemitic losers spell it ‘Isreal’.

  47. Your ignorance is only matched by your impertinence.

    Lailah tov, yored. Lailah tov, boged.

    Understand that one?

  48. I have to raise the tone of this thread for a moment and bring it back to topic,

    A must read presentation by Melanie Phillips at the Honest Reporting conference in Jerusalem.

    http://www.melaniephillips.com/articles-new/?p=786

    Her final words concern the likes of Pilger and the other pompous, bigoted Israel bashers:

    ”We will never convince bigots that facts are as they are, or that the evidence of history tells a different story from the one they believe. We cannot fight prejudice with reason.

    But we have a duty to bear witness to the truth. And we have a duty to fight in our defence.

    We can best do this by getting off our back foot and putting western fifth columnists on theirs. We should accuse them, not of Jew-hating motives we cannot prove but of absurdities and contradictions and untruths they cannot deny.

    We should ridicule them, humiliate them, destroy their reputations; boycott them, not invite them to our houses, show them our disapproval and contempt. Treat them as pariahs. Turn their own weapons against them.

    In short, we must get up off our collective knees and fight. Justice, human rights and truth are on our side, not theirs. We must reclaim them as our own.”

  49. “We should accuse them, not of Jew-hating motives we cannot prove but of absurdities and contradictions and untruths they cannot deny.”

    Well said!

  50. As though a sad little antisemitic shit like you could ever understand Mel.

  51. What a failure you are. Ran away from Israel because you couldn’t cut it and now waste your life cursing at everyone with your filthy mouth.

    You are a disgrace to the Zionist movement and to the Jewish people. You are our shame. You are the loser that gives hope to the Gamils of this world. They think that we’re all like you. They think that we’re all cowards and losers like Yoni and that we’ll also run away one day.

    I’m trying to remember what Yitzhak Rabin compared you to…Oh yes, I remember. Do you? Need reminding, yored?

    • You are entirely ignorant of my circumstances, you utterly filthy little fascist. You are liar and a hypocrite, who quotes what god likes and doesn’t like and at the same time spouts Streicher-like filth which is the exact opposite of your mealy-mouthed quotations. You are a disgrace to Zionism, to Israel, to the Jewish people, to humany and to multicellular organisms.
      And your Hebrew is also crap.

      • Yoni
        without taking sides in the debate I wish to congratulate you on that one
        – I haven’t read it before and I like it very much, not least because you very elegantly avoided all these commonly used insults to innocent animals who by nature can’t defend themselves.

        You are a disgrace … to multicellular organisms.

  52. Michael Goldman

    Wow
    I get up this morninig oy to find world war three!
    Loo I think the two of you can come to an understanding.
    Yoni has obviously forgotten much of his hebrew during his long stay out of Israel(Neshek Yesh,although comletely understandable is simply bad Hebrew) and Daniel should be more understanding of someone who’s heart is in the right place but simply couldn’t make it here.
    Now why don’t you just make up?

    • What total and unmitigated and ignorant drivel. ‘Nesheq yesh’ is not literature, it is not high register, but it’s perfectly good, colloquial, low-register Hebrew when said with the right rising inflection.
      Don’t criticise my Hebrew if you don’t understand such basic points about language.

  53. Actually, the original point wasn’t even directed at him, but at Adam. You’re right I should have been more understanding. However, I can’t criticize his Hebrew because he lives in England (or wherever) and I can’t criticize his English because he’s an immigrant. I can’t criticize his Yiddish because he’s an atheist and if I criticize his Aramaic, he cries that I’m a bully.

    I think it may be best for all of us if I we just avoid each other. Let him chat with Gamil, they’re a good match, only I reckon that Gamil probably eats more Israeli fruit and veg. The latest definition of a Zionist.

    A Zionist is a Jew who was born in Israel, chooses to leave, but buys quite a lot of fruit and vegetables and is rude to elderly ladies who have made aliya to Israel.

    Cry your eyes out Herzl!

  54. Herzl would have been disgusted by ultra-religious fascist maniacs like you, as he was rightly disgusted by the ultra-religious fascist maniacs of his day.

  55. Relatively new in the textbooks of Psychiatry is the “Uncle Leo Syndrome”. The idea was ably explained by Jerry Seinfeld in a TV interview:

    “I had lunch with him (Uncle Leo) the other day, he’s one of these guys that anything goes wrong in life, he blames it on anti-Semitism. You know what I mean, the spaghetti’s not al dente? Cook’s an anti-Semite. Loses a bet on a horse. Secretariat? Anti-Semitic. Doesn’t get a good seat at the temple. Rabbi? Anti-Semite.”

    Sadly in the next scene Jerry is on the phone:

    Jerry: “Hey, listen to this, Uncle Leo broke up with his girlfriend because of the bit I did. She thought it was funny, so he accused her of being an anti-Semite.”

    Another nice example is our Yoni:

    “I see that DM is yet again suggesting that maybe they are only ‘anti-Zionists’, maybe not really antisemites at all…”(Dec 12)
    “Piss off, antisemitic asshole…” (Dec 13) Gamil as an Arab is a Semite himself.

    FURTHER DETERIORATION
    “PS. Yes, moderation here is very laid-back. Any filthy antisemite can post here.” (Dec 17)
    Richardmillett “Yoni, please!”

    LINKAGE WITH SEEMINGLY UNRELATED TOPICS
    “Only antisemitic losers spell it ‘Isreal’.” (Dec 18)

    EVERYONE, ISRAELIS, JEWS
    “Oh, he (yours truly) is only being the sad little antisemitic shit…” (Dec 18)

    While not being dangerous, he does need help. Apparently, the syndrome is often brought about by the culture shock of Jews who had led relatively sheltered lives, being exposed in their teens or later to large numbers of non-Jews. As Seinfeld said, they tend to blame their failures on anti-Semitism rather than questioning themselves, as most of us generally do.

  56. Since I am not a ‘failure’, you brainless idiot, but successful in several fields, your pathetic and failed attempt at armchair psychology is nothing but another manifestation of your stupidity.

    Your repeated use of the words ‘impertinence’ and ‘impertinent’, OTOH, tells us quite a lot about you: a loser with a vastly overinflated sense of his own supposed importance, who thinks that yokels and other inferior personages should tug their forelocks and accord you respect when addressing you. Anybody who doesn’t, is ‘impertinent’.

    What a sad, sad little man you are.
    .

  57. More brainless drivel from this idiot:

    ““Piss off, antisemitic asshole…” (Dec 13) Gamil as an Arab is a Semite himself.”

    He doesn’t even know what the word ‘antisemitic’ means. Nor does he know that there isn’t such a thing as a ‘Semite’. That was simply the racist thinking of the Nazi forerunner Alfred Marr, a pseudoscientist whose mad rants were adopted gleefully by the Nazis.
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  58. Thank you, Silke, am glad to have pleased you🙂

  59. I’m not certain what your successes are, maybe you’ll explain. I know that you weren’t able to cut it in Israel so you successfully ran away to the galut. Leaving aside your fruit and veg Zionism, that’s about it.

    Oh! I forgot. You have successfully ruined another perfectly good blog page with your narcissist tripe and your foul mouth. Just listen to your language. I’m only amazed that Gamil still loves you. Guess he knows about your other successes.

  60. I’m not certain what your successes are, maybe you’ll explain. I know that you weren’t able to cut it in Israel so you successfully ran away to the galut. Leaving aside your fruit and veg Zionism, that’s about it.

    Oh! I forgot. You have successfully ruined another perfectly good blog page with your narcissist tripe and your foul mouth. Just listen to your language.

    I’m only amazed that Gamil still loves you. Guess he knows about your other successes.

    • Yes, DM the foul mouth spewing non-stop filth accuses others of ‘foul mouth’ and ‘ruining a blog page’. You did that all by yourself, asshole.

      Narcissistic tripe … yes, from DM the foul mouth who posts non-stop lies about people and then whines about ‘impertinence’ when they tell him a few home truths.

      And who is so stupid that he thinks Arabs can’t be antisemites.

      You need urgent professional help, DM.

      And your Hebrew is still crap.
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  61. Just found your blog.

    Great, great post Richard.

    Start a paper, promise I’ll subscribe.

  62. until this post I’d never heard of John Pilger
    then last night I stumbled on John Pilger in this interview

    the guy sounds nuts to me, completely bananas and there are people who fund him, so he can make such a film and he himself can afford to pony up bail for Julian Assange?

    Amazing, really amazing and it frightens me silly.

    Richard, I hope I have worded it so that nobody can sue you over it.

  63. Silke, he is one of the worst of a bad bunch, but there are many others who are just as nuts: Tonge, Corbyn, Livingstone, Loach, ………….

    • Yoni
      I “know” those, except for Corbyn …
      our German ones tend to be a bit more sly about it … still! … but they are trying hard to get there
      the worst of them do the social worker shtick i.e. save them Israelis from themselves
      somebody dubbed them probation officers keen on preventing the victim from becoming criminal again
      sometimes tough lovers remind me of that