MEDIA COMMENT: Israel’s ‘liberal’ media

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Media Comment: Israel’s ‘liberal’ media

by YISRAEL MEDAD AND ELI POLLAK, 24/07/2013

Our media, which is concerned about the human rights of the Palestinians, is not willing or not able to raise the issue of human rights of Jews.

Liberalism, as defined by the Encyclopedia Britannica, is a political doctrine that views protecting and enhancing the freedom of the individual to be the central problem of politics.

While government is necessary to protect individuals, it can pose a threat to liberty by abusing its power. And so, while democracy is based on popular election, liberalism is primarily concerned with the scope of government activity.

It can be said that while democracy looks after majorities, liberalism cares for minorities. It seeks to assure unrestricted development in all spheres of human endeavor, and governmental guarantees of individual rights and civil liberties. A media which prides itself as being “liberal” should then uphold…

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Perverted logic: Releasing murderers for peace

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What kind of inverted and perverted logic demands that murderers be released from prison in order to prove the peaceful intentions of the side that is more eager to achieve peace? Palestinian logic, that’s what.

For some reason the balance of power between Israel and the Palestinians when it comes to negotiations is never questioned. It is always, and I mean always, without fail, Israel which is required, if not demanded, to make concessions in order to persuade the “reluctant bride”, i.e. the Palestinians, to deign to come to the negotiating table. If it is not releasing deadly prisoners then it is a settlement freeze that is demanded, and “ideally”both.

This is the repeat performance that we are witnessing right now, with the news a couple of days ago that Israel is about to release 82 Palestinian prisoners with blood on their hands, as well as an informal settlement…

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NASA photos show Lac-Mégantic fire from space

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The intense fires in Lac-Mégantic were visible from space.

A NASA image taken from orbit the night of the conflagration shows a bright spot  amid a sea of darkness representing the Quebec town where a train carrying crude oil exploded July 6, levelling the downtown and killing at least 15 people.

The image was taken at about 3 a.m. local time using the space agency’s Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), which detects signals such as city lights, auroras, fires and reflected moonlight.

A side-by-side comparison of the area before and during the fire highlights how big of a disaster it was.

The image on the left was taken by the same instrument on July 4, before the derailment. According to NASA, the lights aren’t as crisp in the July 6 image because of cloud cover.

lacmegantic_vir_2013185_187The pictures of Lac-Mégantic at ground level are even more stunning. Check out our just-updated gallery…

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