Friday 21 June 2019

The unknowns we don't know we don't know

There are things going on in the world besides Brexit. There’s also the Tory Leadership circus, drones, brinkmanship, the Strait of Hormuz and Iran is “just DAYS AWAY from breaching uranium stockpile limit agreed under nuclear deal.”

The upcoming Palestinian Expo in London is another disturbing thing I can’t do anything about.  
The exhibits they’ve set up are actually thinly veiled anti-Israel stunts. The programme reads like an immersive experience in Hamas propaganda. Apparently, you can ‘have a go’ at all kinds of games to help you empathise with the Palestinian cause and whip you up till you despise the Israelis even more than you did before. (H/T EoZ)

"While the expo does spend some time on "Palestinian culture" with fake date-palm trees and a "Palestinian wedding" from 1900 (way before any Arabs identified themselves as Palestinian,) it spends more time not celebrating Palestine but bashing Israel: 
Once you see this in context, you realize that even the exhibits that celebrate "Palestinian culture" are really meant to create the myth of Palestinian culture, as up until the 1960s there was no such thing outside of the larger Arab and Levantine culture. Even those exhibits are created with the idea of Israel in mind - Palestinians must make up a fake history in order to lay claim to the land that is stronger that the Jewish claim. 
The most laughable example of that comes from this exhibit:
 Tapestry: Over 70 metres of tapestry pieces stitched by Palestinian women. This collection illustrates Palestine from Neolithic to current day.
The Neolithic period was the final stage of the Stone Age - 12,000 years ago. 
Palestine Expo isn't designed to celebrate Palestine but to incite hate against Israel. Which is pretty much what the entire Palestinian cause is really is about to begin with."

It’s painfully reminiscent of that nasty Apartheid Wall Christmas stunt set up by Lucy Winkett, the vicar of St James’s, Piccadilly, and a regular contributor to TFTD. 
These theatricals are all part and parcel of a tectonic-scale, ahistorical, context-free, misinformation movement, a kind of septic tank-full of lies that spawn the sanctimonious moralising that Israel-hating agitators thrive on.

The BBC fell for it a long time ago, and so did most of the left-liberal intelligentsia, which helps explain why Emily Maitlis feels perfectly free to describe antisemitic comments made by the “imam from Bristol” as anti-Israeli rather than anti-Jewish. When she sheepishly read out the front page headlines on Newsnight’s late-night press review, she looked as if she was being forced to defend the BBC but wasn’t quite sure why. 

This brings us back to the troublesome question ‘Do you agree that words have consequences?” What are they going to say? No? Of course they bloody do - words certainly do have consequences, otherwise, Goebbels must have been wasting his time. Why is there even an advertising industry? Words have obviously had consequences ever since mankind learned to grunt. (And womankind.)

So why did the BBC have to get a Muslim, not just any old Muslim, mind you, but a Muslim brimming with Muslimness, to pose that ridiculous non-question? As soon as I saw that camera shot - a preview, if you like - of what we were about to receive, I bloody well knew the Lord was not about to make me truly grateful.

Not just any old Muslim

So it wasn’t just any old words we were supposed to be talking about, was it? The BBC’s ruse was to entice Boris through his own letterbox and into their ready-made elephant trap. The only words the BBC was concerned about were those pesky ‘Islamophobic’ ones.  You know, the ones that have gradually morphed from one of Boris Johnson’s colourful metaphors (about the all-enveloping full-body burka) into a mean, slang, Islamophobic name for “Muslim women.” You couldn’t make it up; well, you could. And you did. 

While we’re at it, we mustn’t forget those other legendary bad words - the piccaninny and the watermelon smile. Having been snatched out of context, and having undergone a humour-ectomy, Boris’s personal brand of phraseology makes him officially racist. But you can’t have your cake and eat if you’re going to manipulate the prospective Prime Minister into introducing a blasphemy law, you must also expect him and his government to address those antisemitic slurs and smears that the BBC has been perpetuating for the last 70 years, which have had such an epic, seismic influence on public opinion. You know, words and their consequences.
One example is the audience’s laughter at that Malaysian nonagenarian’s antisemitic quip during his speech at the Cambridge Union. 
There’s the sniggering, scornful laughter from the Question Time audience when Melanie Phillips points out that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. And at the Intelligence Squared debate…
“When I observed that the Israelis go to unique lengths to avoid killing civilians in war and that the ratio of civilians to fighters whose deaths they cause is at least three or four times better than in any other country, the audience laughed derisively. When I said Israeli Arabs enjoyed full civil rights, the audience laughed again in disbelief.
They get away with doing that because they are ignorant. Worse, they’re ignorant of their own ignorance. This is known as Donald Rumsfield’s unknown unknowns — “the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” They want to show that they’re not going to be hoodwinked into disbelieving what they know they know; they know better. They’ve learnt it from listening to the BBC.

Intelligence Squared debate; Palestine Expo; Imam from Bristol. It’s all happening, despite Brexit.

P.S. Breaking news. Has Boris scuppered his chances? Maybe the BBC needn't have bothered with their ambush after all.

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