For all the talk about Jews controlling the media, there’s a lot of negative attention focused on Jews in the mainstream media. Some random musings:
The fools who issued a press release about “tens of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews” participating in a rally at Citi Field (Shea Stadium) in New York to “combat the evils of the Internet and the damages caused by advanced electronic devices.” What is the sense of sharing with the mass media how they feel about the Internet? And in hosting such a high profile event, one wonders if they bothered to consider the public relations implication of not allowing women to attend said event? Foolish.
Jews control Hollywood according to many, right? So how does mega studio Warner Bros agree to make a movie about Judah Maccabee, a great Jewish hero with Mel Gibson who has a fairly clear anti-Semitic track record?
Jews protested in Hasidic garb outside of the Israeli Consulate on Independence Day in NYC (and in Israel burned Israeli flags), and some in the media referred to these sick people as “Religious Jews”
Last week, Yisrael Hirsch, a leader of Neturei Karta spoke at a press conference in support of Sheikh Raed Salah, the Anti-Israel head of the northern branch of the Israel Islamic Association, and one who openly supports Hamas. He calls for the liberation of Palestine from the hands of the ‘Zionists,’ and yells at the end of his speech ‘Allah Akbar’ three times. These sick people this week also met with Hezbollah in Beirut.
It angers me to hear anyone refer to these people as “religious Jews” simply because they attend insane events dressed as religious people, in charedi garb, What Makes a Jew or any person religious? One cannot be a religious Jew when they support those who murder Jews. Being religious means being a good person, not hurting anyone, being honest, being decent. Not being a traitor to your people and supporting those who murder Jews – even if these fools pray every day. These are not religious people. I pray for the day that being a religious Jew means being a good, honest, decent ethical person, and not simply someone who dons a certain garb or attends synagogue.
Brand Israel also isn’t so good – and worldwide media covered the continued brawls and violence at Israeli soccer games over the last few weeks. Was the lead story on Fox Sports in America. David Ben-Gurion, the 1st Israeli Prime Minister once said “When Israel has prostitutes and thieves, we’ll be a state like any other” – I’d imagine he’d apply that same theory to violence at soccer games. Not the best Public Relations image for Israel that’s for sure.
One Interesting twist – a professional baseball player, Detroit Tigers outfielder Delmon Young got drunk and then in a fight when he started yelling anti-Semitic obscenities at a yarmulke-wearing beggar – and then got in a fight with some random non-Jewish bystanders. The police showed up, arrested Young, and charged him with a misdemeanor “aggravated harassment hate crime.” And according to New York Magazine, Jason Shank who fought with the professional athlete “Kind of a hero if you ask us. If this incident is interpreted in the most flattering light, Shank fought a belligerent six-foot-three, 240-pound athlete over some anti-Semitic slurs — and he’s not even Jewish! And he gave money to the Jewish panhandler! Well that does it; we’re going to nominate Shank as an honorary Jew…” Might have to consider for next list of tough jews!