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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JULY 18, 2014 VIEWPOINT HERITAGE encourages readers to send in their opinions for the Viewpoint column. They must be signed; how- ever, names will be withheld upon request. Due to space limitations, we reserve the right to edit, if necessary. Opinions printed in Viewpoint do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the paper. The jaundice against the Jews By Richard A. Ries Readers might recall that the Jewishly owned New York clothing chain Syms (which once merged with Filene's Basement but ultimately folded in 2011) had a clever marketing campaign for "the educated consumer." In Sy Syms' famous radio and television ads, his salesmen were really "educators" who taught the public about qual- ity, fabric, and price. What the Central Florida public really needs to be educated about, however, is how Israel is framed in the media. Readers of the Heritage need to be better versed in journalistic uses and abuses. Become an educated, critical consumer of language and rhetoric when it comes to Israel; do not blindly accept something from a television, radio, newspaper or Internet outlet without stringently looking at factors such as language choices, language placement, visual presenta- tions, rhetorical devices and order of speakers. Here are four rhetorical and linguistic concepts to keep close at hand in assessing the recent escala- tion of conflict in Gaza: Euphemism. National Pub- lic Radio (NPR), on July 10, said that the conflict arose following "the deaths" of three teenagers. "Death" is something one hopefully experiences in very old age, with a dignity about having led a full life. The three boys didn't "die;" they were mur- dered, in cold blood, plain and simple. When the calculated, senseless, and cowardly pre- meditated murder of teens is softened into "deaths," it is a win for the terrorists. The boys didn't "die;" they were slain, A common technique in news organizations is to use the term "soldier" when applied to an Israeli (age 17 or 18) and the term "youth," "teen," or even"child" when applied to a Palestinian of the exact same age. These language choices tie into framing Israel as an aggressor. Reminder: the "D' in IDF stands for "defense." Any nation on earth is as- sumed to defend itself as a natural human right. Only Is- rael must convince the world that rockets randomly raining down upon innocent civilians requires stiff response. Placement. Look for how actors (operating on verbs), nouns, and verbs are placed in headlines. A recent New York Daily News headline read "A grenade-tossing Hamas terrorist was killed on the West Bank, and Israeli air- craft pounded 34 Gaza Strip targets in the hours after the three slain students were found." Note here that an Arab terrorist's killing gets top billing, Israeli aircraft "pounded" targets, and the three innocent Jewish teens are placed at the end of the sentence, in the passive voice yet, "were found." The sen- tence just as easily could read "After three innocent Israeli teenagers were brutally killed by Hamas, Israel retaliated by killing a grenade-tossing Hamas terrorist and followed up with air strikes on terror- ist targets in the Gaza Strip." In the original sentence, "Gaza Strip targets" suffers from ambiguity--it sounds like Israel is randomly strik- ing anything. It is not. The highly sophisticated Mossad works around the clock to PAGE 5A isolate terrorist strongholds. Hamas, like most cowards, deliberately blends in with places like schools, mosques, and hospitals, in order to gain world sympathy when Israel does act to protect itself. recently ran a headline that read "Dozens of Hamas rockets bombard Israeli heartland." Here is an example of a reasonable piece of writing: a subject (dozens of Hamas rockets), a verb (bombard) and a direct object (Israeli heartland). There is no obfuscation, there is no bias. There are no buzzwords, euphemisms, trigger words, taking sides words. Adjectives and adverbs, the elements of flowery language, are elimi- nated. Omission. On July 8, The New York Times reported that Ries on page 15A On Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Hillary Clinton's 'Hard Choices' offers the same choices By Dmitriy Shapiro Washington Jewish Week "Hard Choices," the title of a recently released foreign policy memoir by former U.S. Secretary of State Hill- ary Rodham Clinton, comes across as surprisingly ironic. While dedicating a chapter of her 656-page autobiography to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and peace negotia- tions, Clinton, even in her own By Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn Among the many heart- breaking images associated with the kidnap-murder of three Israeli teenagers was a televised interview on June 29 with the mother of one of the Hamas terrorists named as a prime suspect in the killings. "If they [the Israelis] accuse him of this [the kidnapping], and if it is a true accusation, I will be proud of him until Judgment Day," she declared. "If the accusation that he did it is true... My boys are all words, appears to be a pas- senger in peace efforts rather than a driver of them. As with most U.S. politi- cians aspiring to high office, Clinton is diplomatic on the subject that for more than a half a century has been seen by successive presidential ad- ministrations as the holy grail of diplomacy--resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As expressed here, Clinton's views on the conflict are typical for a high-ranking American politician. Her answer: a two-state solution based on 1967 borders with equitable land swaps, a Jeru- salem divided between Israel and a future Palestinian state, security arrangements, and an end to settlement building by Israel in the Palestinian territories. Clinton tries very hard in this book to be compli- mentary and critical toward Israel and the Palestinians in equal measure. "...I deeply admired the talent and tenacity of the Israeli people. They had made the desert bloom and built a thriving democracy in a region full of adversaries and autocrats," writes Clinton, describing her first trip to the region near the end of her husband Bill Clinton's first term as Arkansas governor. "...[I]n the West Bank, I got my first glimpse of life under occupation for Palestinians, who were denied the dignity and self-determination that Americans take for granted." She goes on to claim that she was an "early voice calling publicly for Palestinian state- hood," even before the George W. Bush administration made it official U.S. policy in 2001. Clinton maintains this sentiment throughout the book's Israel chapter, while at the same time invoking the "demographic crisis" motif of- ten used by diplomats to coax the Jewish state into making concessions. Not all mothers are the same righteous, pious and pure. The goal of my children is the triumph of Islam." Not that she is the first Middle Eastern mother to rejoice at the thought of her son murdering innocent children. The fifth chapter of the biblical Book of Judges describes the mother of the barbaric Canaanite general, Sisera, anxiously waiting by the window for her son to re- turn from his latest slaughter. Sisera's mother was calmed only by her attendants' reas- surance that he must have been delayed because he was Letters To The Editor We are a diverse community and we welcome your letters and viewpoints. The views and opinions expressed in the opinion pieces and letters published in The Heritage are the views of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Heritage Florida Jewish News or its staff.The Heritage reserves the right to edit letters for clarity, content, and accuracy. And respectful of lashon hara, we will not print derogatory statements against any individual. Please limit letters to 250 words. Send letters to P.O. Box 300742,Fern Park,FL 32730. Or e-mail to news@ Impact of WWI on the Middle East Dear Editor: July 28, 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of the official start of WWI. A local newspaper reader asked me to write about WWI and the impact on the Middle East. The problem in doing this is complying with the typi- cal 200-word limit of many newspapers, but I decided to do it anyway since I owed it to my wife's father. Alton Jones and her uncle William Howard Jones, both WWI Marines who fought in France and Belgium in Maj. Gen. Lejeune's Second Marine Division. They fought in many WWI battles, includ- ing Belleau Wood, the Verdun operations, Aisne-Marne Offensive, Meuse-Argonne Offensive, St. Mihiel Offen- sive and the Battle of Blanc Mont Ridge. William Howard received the French Croix de Guerre and the U.S. Silver Star for his service at Blanc Mont, busy ravaging women and pillaging their homes. Author and pundit Erica Brown, a scholar at the Jewish Federation of Greater Wash- ington, D.C. and columnist for the New York Jewish Week, this week invoked Sisera in a misguided comparison to the situation of the three kidnapped teenagers. Just as Sisera waited by the window, she wrote, "as a community, we have all been waiting by that window for weeks, check- ing the news constantly and asking if there are any updates, any developments about our three kidnapped boys." All mothers have something in common, Brown argued. It's true Sisera had a mother who cared about him. So did Adolf Eichmann and Osama Bin Laden and presumably the Hamas terrorists who kidnapped and murdered the boys. But that does not mean that Jewish mothers "waiting by the window" should be compared in any way to the mothers ofmurdererswaiting by the window. No, not all mothers are the same. In fact, the sad truth about France on Oct. 3, 1918. The award stated, "by lying down in middle of road using his automatic pistol so effective that he staid the enemy- coun- ter attack until remainder of group could get in line." The Ottoman Turks, who were aligned with Germany and Austria during WWI, were defeated between 1915 and 1918 by the British and French and an Arab insur- gency sparked by "Lawrence of Arabia." In 1919 Britain and France carved up the former Ottoman Empire into vari- ous Middle East Arab coun- tries based on geographic parameters and did not take into consideration religious, sectarian or ethnic prefer- ences of the local populations. The countries included Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. Additionally, Great Britain en- acted the Balfour Declaration, which promised a homeland in the Middle East for Jewish people, which came to fruition with the formation of Israel in 1948. The current warfare and volatility in the Middle East reflects a history spanning almost 1500 years. The reli- gious and sectarian conflicts have been going on in the Middle East since at least the Seventh century when the Prophet Muhammad died in 632. Some Muslims chose a close friend of Prophet Muhammad, Abu Bakr, to become Caliph, the leader of Isla m , and they were titled Sunnis. Other Muslims chose to follow Ali, Prophet Mu- hammad's cousin and son- in-law, and they were titled Shias, or Shiites. The borders established by Great Britain and France after WWI did not reflect the wishes of the Middle East in- habitants and only inflamed their deep-rooted animosities based on religious/sectarian and ethnic loyalties. The cur- rent fighting in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon. Palestine and Israel are a partial consequence of decisions made by European powers after WWI. Donald A. Moskowitz Londonderry, N.H. Palestinian Arab society is that the mother of the kid- napper is only one of many Palestinian mothers who are proud of their murderous chil- dren and who have expressed delight when their children have died while killing Jews. Just last year (on Jan. 27, 2013), the Facebook page of Fatah, the movement headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, posted a feature about the mother of23-year-oldWafa Id- ris, the first female Palestinian suicide bomber. She murdered one Israeli, and wounded over 100, by blowing herself up in a Jerusalem supermarket "Because of higher birth rates among Palestinians and lower birth rates among Israelis, we were approaching the day when Palestinians would make up a majority of the combined population of Israel and the Palestin- ian territories, and most of those Palestinians would be relegated to second-class citizenship and unable to vote," she writes. "As long as in 2002. The posting quoted Wafa's mother as saying "She is a hero... My daughter is a martyr (Shahida)." The Fatah Shapiro on page 15A i page added: "Wafa's mother said that she is proud of her daughter, and hopes that more girls will follow in her footsteps." The Hamas website on Jan. 1, 2006 presented a film about awoman named Um Nidal and her son, Muhammad. First they are shown just before the heavily-armed Muhammad sets out on a terrorist attack. His mother declares: "By Al- lah, today is the best day of my life...I wish to sacrifice more [sons]... It's true that there's nothing more precious than children, but for the sake of Allah--what is precious becomes cheap." Then, after her son has been killed while carrying out the attack, Um Mothers on page 15A