Al Jazeera Reporter Involved in Violent Confrontation With D.C. Police at Pro-Israel Conference

An alleged Al Jazeera reporter got into a violent altercation with police after he and another reporter were thrown out of a pro-Israel conference in Washington, D.C., for secretly videotaping at the event, the Washington Free Beacon reports, citing eyewitnesses as sources.

The reporters apparently claimed they were with Al Jazeera, a media outlet that CUFI allegedly denied press credentials due to what it considers to be anti-Israel bias.

The reporters, identified as Matthew Cassel, a photojournalist with Al Jazeera English, and Micah Garen, cofounder of Four Corners Media, were reportedly tossed out of the Christians United for Israel’s 2013 Washington Summit when it was discovered that they were secretly filming events closed to the press. Glenn Beck delivered the keynote address and donated $100,000 to CUFI at the conference on Tuesday.

“Cassel left the conference with no issue. However, Garen argued with officers outside of the convention center after they confiscated his video equipment, sources said,” according to the Free Beacon.

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Palestinians kill baby, but Israel blamed

A newly released United Nations report confirms that it was a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel and killed the 11-month-old son of a BBC correspondent, not an Israeli rocket.

The episode, which happened last November, was explained in a U.N. Human Rights Council report regarding “human rights” in “Palestine and other occupied Arab territories.”

But Walid Shoebat, the grandson of the Muslim Mukhtar of Beit Sahour-Bethlehem, explained it as just another attempt by media outlets to create condemnation for Israel.

Shoeboat, a former Palestinian Liberation Organization member who was imprisoned for incitement and violence, later became a Christian while studying the Tanach in a challenge to convert his wife to Islam.

“Pallywood is all about creating a theater of conflict in which Palestinians are portrayed as victims and Israelis as murderous oppressors,” he wrote. “The goal of the Pallywood culture is to push a political agenda by either misrepresenting events or staging them altogether.”

Perhaps the most famous such situation is the purported death of 12-year-old Mohammed al-Dura, Palestinians tried to exploit the claim that Israeli soldiers killed the 12-year-old in a firefight, but his “death” later was exposed as a fraud.

Shoebat continued, “We now have confirmation that the death of the 11-month-old infant son of BBC Arabic journalist, Jihad al-Masharawi, back in November, wasn’t the result of an Israeli airstrike.”

He noted that among those reporting that Israel was responsible was the Washington Post, which had emblazoned a photograph of an Arab man holding the body of his dead child on the front page.

Awr Hawkins reported at Breitbart.com, “Neither the Washington Post nor the rest of the media bothered to check Palestinian claims or to report them with an appropriate degree of skepticism.”

He continued, “BBC journalists used tweets to imply Israel’s guilt in the infant’s death the day the child was killed.”

The U.N. report on the conflict between Nov. 14-21, 2012, however, dated just days ago, said. “On 14 November, a woman, her 11-month-old infant, and an 18-year-old adult in Al-Zaitoun were killed by what appeared to be a Palestinian rocket that fell short of Israel.

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Should Americans Learn From Israeli Gun Laws?

In the wake of the brutal shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, that left 28 — including 20 innocent children dead — Americans are searching high and low to make sense of what is indeed, a senseless tragedy. Of course pundits and lawmakers alike have, just as they do following most mass-shootings, politicized the event in an effort to call for stricter gun laws. In fact, California Democrat Dianne Feinstein announced Sunday her intention to introduce an assault weapons ban bill on the first day of the new Congress in 2013.

“I’m going to introduce in the Senate, and the same bill will be introduced in the House — a bill to ban assault weapons,” Feinstein told her fellow panelists on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

The veteran lawmaker and liberal stalwart had previously called on the ban to be renewed following this year’s other mass shooting at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater. Needless to say, last week’s brutality has only reinforced her stance.

While debates on gun restrictions and laws are sure to abound, one writer for the Jewish Press made an interesting point: Rather than favor an outright ban on guns and greater restrictions of Americans’ Second Amendment rights, author Shalom Bear suggested that the U.S. simply look to Israel and its gun laws as a model to emulate.

Bear noted that Jewish people have an obligation to fight calls for all out gun-bans as Israelis who live under constant existential threat rely on guns for their very survival each and every day. He also noted that “giving up the means and the right to defend ourselves is the worst mistake we could make.”

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Did You Know About the Surprising Views on Israel of Obama’s Likely Pick for Secretary of Defense?

Israel’s supporters over the past few days have been voicing alarm at the prospect former Sen. Chuck Hagel is likely to be tapped by President Barack Obama as the nation’s next defense secretary.

That alarm is reaching fever pitch with prominent Democrats and Obama supporters now on the record expressing concern about the choice. This is due to Hagel’s past expressed hostility toward Israel’s supporters in Washington including his refusal as senator to sign onto pro-Israel and anti-terrorism statements.

Just last week, suggestions he does not support Israel were bolstered when the think tank Hagel chairs, the Atlantic Council, published an article headlined “Israel’s Apartheid Policy” equating Israel with South Africa’s historic racist policy.

The article’s author, Arnaud de Borchgrave, wrote: “Apartheid is what gradually emerged in the West Bank under Israeli occupation since Israel’s victory in the Six Day War almost half a century ago.”

Eli Lake at the Daily Beast spoke to “a senior pro-Israel advocate in Washington” who said: “The pro-Israel community will view the nomination of Senator Chuck Hagel in an extremely negative light. His record is unique in its animus towards Israel.”

Lake writes:

Josh Block, a former spokesman for AIPAC and the CEO and president of the Israel Project, told The Daily Beast, “While in the Senate, Hagel voted against designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization, refused to call on the E.U. to designate Hezbollah a terrorist group, and consistently voted against sanctions on Iran for their illicit pursuit of nuclear weapons capability. It is a matter of fact that his record on these issues puts him well outside the mainstream Democratic and Republican consensus.”

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