…and what the blogs are say­ing

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT & ANALYSIS -

A war has bro­ken out on Ama­zon.com over re­views of Jimmy Carter’s book, which is highly crit­i­cal of Is­rael. The trou­ble be­gan with a re­view by one Jef­frey Gold­berg. Jewish blog­gers are fum­ing “A num­ber of ac­tivist groups, in­clud­ing the ArabAmer­i­can Anti-Dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mit­tee and the Is­raeli Com­mit­tee against House De­mo­li­tions, are ou­traged over Ama­zon.com’s pre­sen­ta­tion of Carter’s book, Pales­tine: Peace Not Apartheid — and they’ve threat­ened a boy­cott of the on­line re­tailer. Their pe­ti­tion, which now has nearly 17,000 sig­na­tures, [at­tacks Ama­zon for run­ning] ‘a re­view un­abashedly hos­tile to Carter’s view­point [by] Jef­frey Gold­berg, a cit­i­zen of Is­rael as well as the United States, who vol­un­teered to serve in the Is­raeli Defence Forces’. The pe­ti­tion, of course, in­cludes such req­ui­site com­ments as ‘Re­sist the Is­raeli lobby’ and ‘Don’t be in­tim­i­dated by the Is­raeli lobby’. I guess Ama­zon.com got a bit scared, be­cause just a cou­ple days ago they pub­lished a fawn­ing in­ter­view with Carter. Wow — and you thought the ‘Is­rael Lobby’ was pow­er­ful...” judeo­sphere.blogspot.com Blog­gers have been tear­ing into the AP news agency for its al­leged anti-Is­rael bias. This post on Your­ish.com — call­ing AP “a ter­ror­ist’s best friend” — is just the latest ex­am­ple “I re­ally don’t un­der­stand how the AP can claim ob­jec­tiv­ity with a straight face: ‘Is­lamic Ji­had mil­i­tants launched homemade rock­ets into Is­rael from the Gaza Strip on Sun­day in re­tal­i­a­tion for Is­rael’s con­tin­u­ing mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions against their group in the West Bank. The rocket at­tacks came de­spite a two-month-old cease-fire be­tween Is­rael and the Pales­tini­ans in Gaza.’ This isn’t even a quote or a para­phrase. This is a di­rect state­ment from a sup­pos­edly ob­jec­tive news source that states that PIJ, a ter­ror­ist group, launched rock­ets into civil­ian ar­eas, with the hope of killing civil­ians, as re­tal­i­a­tion for Is­rael’s track­ing down and ar­rest­ing ter­ror­ists. How else do you de­fine the phrase ‘mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions’? Nice of the AP to carry the ter­ror­ists’ wa­ter, though. Shame they refuse to do the same for the good guys.” www.your­ish.com On the JC’s own blog, up­dated dur­ing the week at www.thejc.com, Mid­dle East ed­i­tor Jeff Barak has been mon­i­tor­ing the Her­zliya Con­fer­ence “This year’s Her­zliya Con­fer­ence takes place un­der the shadow of the Ira­nian nu­clear threat, and the Amer­i­can speak­ers in par­tic­u­lar have been very clear to stress that the United States has no in­ten­tion of al­low­ing Tehran to go nu­clear. The ma­jor dis­sent­ing voice came from Vice Pre­mier Shi­mon Peres, who cau­tioned that the threat should not be ex­ag­ger­ated in view of the poverty and weak­ness of the regime. ‘Even if they do en­rich ura­nium, what will they give the chil­dren of Tehran for break­fast — en­riched ura­nium?’” www.thejc.com

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