I've been noticing an increasing amount of articles and seeds regarding the country of israel. Normally I pass by these by but lately have been reading what they had to say and noting the increase in sheer volume.
Since I'm usually adverse to accepting arguments from authority, I started looking to the claims and motivations of many of these seeds.
It's become clear to me that there is an element using newsvine for propaganda purposes instead of discussion.
When you try to engage these folks in discussion you are usually met with a barrage of accusations. You work for israel!, you are a mossad agent! (which made me chuckle), you are hasbara!
Hasbara (I had to look it up) is apparently israels public diplomacy department? branch? policy? Not truly sure.
Anyway, I'm none of those things. I'm an atheist that was born and raised in philadelphia and lived in the suburbs.
I grew up with friends who were jewish, and oddly enough, friends who were persian. (They came from Iran, but prefer to be identified as Persian) they are really good folks.
So seed after seed after seed with sensational titles like "israelis torch palestinian fields!" and when you research to see what happened, it turns out that some settlers had a social bonfire celebration. That's one example, there are many others.
When you point out the inaccuracies of the title, the attack dogs come. You will be accused of all sorts of things. You'll be called dumb, stupid, uninformed, a shill, biased, etc.
You will try to engage them in discussion. When you do, you will receive: Here's how you are wrong... goodbye. It's very frustrating.
When someone posts an article from a source, I read the article, but more importantly, I try to find out more about the source. In this day and age anyone with $8 a month to blow can create a website and link to youtube.
So in another seed, I was looking at the source of the seed and came across an article claiming that israel soldiers shot and killed two teens. That can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBbPSa5-Rtc
Having served in combat for years, the video to me is an obvious fake.
Why? Several reasons.
1. When you are shot with a high powered weapon and fall over instantaneously, you do not put out both arms and stop yourself from falling. In the case of both people in the video, they both stop or slow their fall. This does not happen in real life. In real life you would have face planted.
2. The one lays straight on his back after rolling over. When you are shot in the torso, and not knocked out by the impact, you go into a fetal position to protect, not lay on your back with your wound exposed. Usually your clothes are torn by the exit wound and your guts hanging out.
3. Both times, a group the perfect size to carry them is nearby in seconds to pick up the person who was "shot".
4. No blood on the ground. At 13:45 in the video, the first "actor" as I will put it is "shot", exactly one hour later, the second is "shot". Problem is, where the first person was shot, there is not a single drop of blood on the ground. Anyone that has ever seen an exit wound from a high powered rifle will tell you that there is a lot of blood. Here is an example (WARNING: Very gory) This is what an M16 wound looks like. http://www.bestgore.com/bloody-injuries/5-56-round-20-barrel-m16-through-leg-close-range/
5. Cameramen present within feet both times. The video cuts off just as cameramen come into view. How exactly did these folks know to start rolling their video cameras at that precise moment, within seconds?
It's hard to look at these videos, and read these claims without considering all the other claims of "israeli abuse".
It's hard to read articles like this one: http://www.haaretz.com/news/ban-ki-moon-criticizes-un-human-rights-council-for-singling-israel-out-1.223672
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined Western nations on Wednesday in criticizing the world body's own Human Rights Council for "picking on Israel" as part of an agreement on its working rules.
The European Union, Canada and the United States have already attacked the deal reached in Geneva on Monday under which Israel's actions would become a permanent item on the Human Rights Council's agenda.
A UN statement said: "The Secretary-General is disappointed at the council's decision to single out only one specific regional item given the range and scope of allegations of human rights violations throughout the world."
Alejandro Wolff, deputy U.S. permanent representative at the United Nations, accused the council of "a pathological obsession with Israel" and also denounced its action on Cuba and Belarus. "I think the record is starting to speak for itself," he told journalists.
The Geneva meeting aroused further controversy after Cuba and Belarus, both accused of abuses, were removed from a list of nine special mandates, which included North Korea, Cambodia and Sudan, carried forward from the defunct commission.
It's obvious to me that there is a very tangible effort to undermine israel. Why does newsvine allow itself to be used as part of this effort?