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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review May 30, 2013/ 21 Sivan 5773

A Close Call at the Newseum

By Bob Tyrrell



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Recently in Washington the Newseum was saved from what could have been a very embarrassing event. Or maybe the people who run the Newseum would not have been embarrassed, but the institution was saved anyway. The Newseum is an interactive museum dedicated to the study of news and journalism. It was going to honor two terrorists as journalists before genuine journalists intervened.

On a wall dedicated to journalists who have perished while pursuing a story, such as the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Pearl, who was beheaded by Islamofascists, the two deceased terrorists would have been solemnized. The wall is dedicated to "reporters, photographers and broadcasters who have died reporting the news." The Newseum proposed to solemnize Mahmoud Al-Kumi and Hussam Salama, presumably because they were incinerated by an Israeli missile last year. But their deaths came during Israel's hostilities with Hamas, and the Israelis had every reason to believe that they were not reporters but terrorists. The United States government concurs.

The men worked for Al-Aqsa television, and Al-Aqsa television was designated a terrorist organization in 2010 by the U.S. Treasury. The organization is part of Hamas. As to the programming of Al-Aqsa, the Treasury's Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence has concluded it "airs programs and music videos designated to recruit children to become Hamas armed fighters and suicide bombers." For instance, among the videos it airs is one that calls upon Allah to exterminate Jews, Christians and communists — "kill them to the last one, and don't leave even one." Not even the communists!

Al-Kumi and Salama at the time of their death were riding about in a car with "TV" hastily sprayed on its hood. There was no one else in the car, not a photographer, not a reporter. Similarly Hamas' fighters have used Red Crescent ambulances to transport arms, materiel and even its fighters. They locate command posts in civilian population centers and close to mosques. When our government and the government of Israel have declared Al-Aqsa a terrorists organization, I would think the Newseum would steer clear of honoring Al-Aqsa's fallen.

Actually the Newseum is a rather curious place. Its main interest — news and journalism — is pretty serious stuff, but its officers have no demonstrated grasp of their subject. James C. Duff, Newseum's CEO, is a lawyer admittedly with a background in the Constitution but also "diversity" and no journalistic experience whatsoever. He was called by Cliff May, once of the New York Times and now a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service and an officer with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and asked about his choice. He never called back. Neither did the Newseum's spokesman Scott Williams, also an expert in "diversity" and once the vice president of marketing and media for Elvis Presley Enterprises. Yes, Elvis Presley!

Luckily, May struck a chord and at the last minuet, "just minutes before its ceremony honoring a list of 'fallen journalist,'" writes May, the Newseum decided in its words "to re-evaluate the inclusion" of Al-Kumi and Salama "as journalists on our memorial wall pending further investigation." Whatever was the Newseum thinking about when it accorded the title journalist to two terrorists designated as such by our government? Does the Newseum's expert in diversity know more about terror than our government or the government of Israel?

Frankly, goody-goody organizations such as the Newseum could be forgiven back in the days of the Cold War when they were expected to be duped by communists claiming to be journalists. But today, when the goody-goodies are duped by right-wing Islamofascists, it is a little bit surprising. The communists were always seen as "liberals in a hurry," but the Islamofascists hate women, gays, the 21st century, modernity itself. Why would the Newseum have a soft spot in its heart for these thugs?

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