Fox & Friends Mocked U.S. Olympic Team Headgear
During the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, Fox & Friends criticized the U.S. Olympic team’s Opening Ceremony uniforms. The red, white, and blue uniforms, designed by American company Ralph Lauren, were topped by navy berets with red and white stripes.
Fox & Friends mocked this sartorial decision, with Doocy asking: “Should the American team be wearing a beret? Why not a baseball cap? Why not a cowboy hat like when we went to Calgary.”
In fact, berets have been a part of U.S. military attire “unofficially as early as 1954” and as part of the official uniform as early as 1961. Ten years before, the 2002 U.S. Olympic team had worn powder blue berets during the Winter Games.
Fox & Friends Pretended Obama Met With A Pirate Instead of Netanyahu
In honor of “Talk Like A Pirate Day,” the Obama campaign Twitter account posted a photo of President Obama in the Oval Office with a man dressed as a pirate.
Fox & Friends, jumping on the Drudge Report’s misinformation about the photo, accused Obama of meeting with the pirate while ignoring to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he was in the country. But Netanyahu did not meet with Obama when he was in the United States because of a scheduling conflict.
Moreover, the Obama pirate picture has been available on the White House’s flickr account at least since May 8, 2009. CBS reported on the photo on May 12, 2009, less than two months after Netanyahu formed a government.
Though the show did not issue a correction, Fox & Friends’ twitter account and Doocy’s twitter account later noted that the picture was from 2009.
Fox & Friends Manufactured Controversy Involving Obama Campaign And The American Flag
Following the Obama campaign’s use of an American flag imagery on a campaign poster, Fox & Friends expressed outrage over the decision, accusing him of trying to replace the actual U.S. flag. Kilmeade said: “So long stars and stripes. The president is redesigning the American flag with an ‘O,’ I guess to get reelected.” Doocy added, “Oh boy.”
Once again, we can always count on the AP and its ilk to try and spin anything related to Isreal or Jews as controversial.
HAIFA, Israel - Fourteen women who survived the horrors of World War II paraded Thursday in an unusual pageant, vying for the honour of being crowned Israel’s first “Miss Holocaust Survivor.”
Billed by organizers as a celebration of life, the event also stirred controversy. In a country where millions have been touched by the Holocaust, many argued that judging aging women who had suffered so much on physical appearance was inappropriate, and even offensive.
“It sounds totally macabre to me,” said Colette Avital, chairwoman of Israel’s leading Holocaust survivors’ umbrella group. “I am in favour of enriching lives, but a one-time pageant masquerading (survivors) with beautiful clothes is not what is going to make their lives more meaningful.”
Pageant organizer Shimon Sabag rejected the criticism, saying the winners were chosen based on their personal stories of survival and rebuilding their lives after the war, and physical beauty was only a tiny part of the competition.
“They feel good together. They are having a good time and laughing in the rehearsals,” said Sabag, director of Yad Ezer L’Haver, or Helping Hand, which assists needy Holocaust survivors and organized the pageant.
“The fact that so many wanted to participate proves that it’s a good idea.”
Nearly 300 women from across Israel registered for the competition and contestants were whittled down to the 14 finalists who appeared Thursday.
The contest, part of Helping Hand’s annual “cultural” night, included a lavish dinner and music at a Haifa reception hall. Some 600 people attended, including two Cabinet ministers, Moshe Kahlon and Yossi Peled, himself a Holocaust survivor.
The women, ranging in age from 74 to 97, clearly enjoyed themselves. Wearing black dresses, earrings and necklaces, and sporting blue-and-white numbered sashes, they grinned and waved as they were introduced to the adoring audience. Music played as the contestants walked along a red carpet, introduced themselves and described their memories of World War II.
“I have the privilege to show the world that Hitler wanted to exterminate us and we are alive. We are also enjoying life. Thank God it’s that way,” said Esther Libber, a 74-year-old runner-up who fled her home in Poland as a child, hid in a forest and was rescued by a Polish woman. She said she lost her entire immediate family.
A four-judge panel consisting of three former beauty queens and a geriatric psychiatrist who specializes in treating Holocaust survivors chose the winner. Hava Hershkovitz, a soon-to-be 79-year-old, was banished from her home in Romania in 1941 and sent to a detention camp in the Soviet Union for three years. Today, she lives in an assisted living home run by Helping Hand.
“This place is full of survivors. It puts us at the centre of attention so people will care. It’s not easy at this age to be in a beauty contest, but we’re all doing it to show that we’re still here,” the silver-haired Hershkovitz said.
Wearing a glittering tiara, she was joined by her granddaughter, Keren Hazan. “I’m very proud of her because she’s the most beautiful woman in the room tonight,” Hazan said.
In addition to the contestants’ accounts of surviving Nazi ghettos and concentration camps, their later contributions to their communities were also considered, Sabag said. Physical appearance was maybe “10 per cent” of the criteria, he said, though a cosmetics company was recruited to help the women dress up for the occasion.
“We always tell them to dress well and look good. To think positive and to take care of themselves,” Sabag said. “Always look at life with a smile and continue to live.”
The thought that physical appearance could even remotely be a factor rubbed some the wrong way. Avital, of the Holocaust survivors’ umbrella group, criticized the cosmetics company, saying it was using Holocaust survivors in a cheap marketing stunt to promote their products.
“Why use a beauty contest to show that these people survived and that they’re brave?” wondered Lili Haber, a daughter of Holocaust survivors who heads an Israeli organization that assists survivors from Poland. “I think it’s awful. I think it’s something a decent person shouldn’t even think about.”
The Holocaust, in which Nazi Germany oversaw the systematic slaughter of 6 million European Jews, plays a unique role in Israeli society. The country gained independence in the wake of the Holocaust, serving as a refuge for hundreds of thousands of people who survived the genocide.
Nearly 200,000 aging survivors live in Israel today, and the country’s annual Holocaust Day is one of the most solemn occasions on the calendar. Restaurants and cinemas close, and the country comes to a standstill as sirens wail for two minutes. Israeli leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, frequently make references to the Holocaust when discussing the threat they believe a nuclear-armed Iran would pose to the Jewish state.
Thursday’s contest was among the many unconventional beauty pageants that have sprouted up over the years. The war-torn countries of Angola and Cambodia have held “Miss Landmine” contests for survivors of land mine explosions, Star Trek fans enjoy the “Miss Klingon Empire” contest in Atlanta, and plus-sized women in Thailand compete for the honour of “Miss Jumbo Queen.” There are also a senior citizens’ pageants in the U.S.
Gal Mor, editor of the popular Israeli blog “Holes in the Net,” said Thursday’s pageant was well-intentioned but misguided.
“Why should a decayed, competitive institution that emphasizes women’s appearance be used as inspiration, instead of allowing them to tell their story without gimmicks?” he wrote. “This is one step short of ‘Survivor-Holocaust’ or ‘Big Brother Auschwitz.’ It leaves a bad taste. Holocaust survivors should be above all this.”
This pageant was a celebration of life and of survival, despite the effort of Nazi-led Germany, with the often-willing assistance of others, to wipe out the Jewish people. This pageant was a celebration by people who were forcibly made slaves of their victory in leading vibrant lives as free people. They deserve to be supported and praised for their fortitude in not only surviving the horrors that were visited upon them in their childhood but also in being able to grow old in a world where that privilege is denied to too many.
God bless and keep every one of them. I, for one, will never forget and will never allow future generations to forget.
This is looking like it’s going to be a frightening spring and summer this year…
Last week, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei insisted that Israel and all of its citizens be annihilated and offered assistance to anyone who would do the job.
The Iranian leader’s comments were originally made at a Friday prayer service where Khamenei announced that Iran would any ‘nation or group that attacks the ‘cancerous tumor’ of Israel’. He added that Israel is a ‘corrupting material’ and that Muslim have the ‘jurisprudential justification’ to kill all the Jews and annihilate Israel, and that, the Islamic government of Iran must take the helm.’ Khamenei also claimed that Iran was not going to attack any other nation. The comments were posted later on a conservative Iranian website together with Khamenei’s legal ruling and justification for such action. Over the weekend, the official Iranian news agency, Fars, aired the comments and justification and has been seen by most Western news outlets as being an endorsement of the policy.
The comments and justification were written by Alireza Forghani, one of Khamenei’s analysts and strategists. The doctrine is based on Islamic Law and verses from the Quran. In addition, the doctrine laid out a complete strategy for destroying Israel and all of its inhabitants that is almost exclusively dependant on Iranian missile technology and its nuclear program.
In addition to Khamenei’s comments, Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander Hossein Salami said that Iran would attack any country that dares to allow an attack on Iran to occur via its airspace or inside its borders. He also said that the Iranian military is performing maneuvers in the southern part of the country and would not be intimidated by anyone. Those statements were seen to be a warning to Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain that border Iran and are host to US military facilities.
Israel reacted harshly to the Iranian leader’s comments. On Sunday evening, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel’s military power would protect Israel from destruction by the Iranian regime. In addition, he said that Israel would continue to develop its military and prepare for any attempt by Iran to attack the country. The US also condemned the statements and urged Iran to cease its program while also asking Israel to give the sanctions against the Islamic republic more time to be effective.