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      by Yisrael Medad
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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Kislev 9, 5768, 11/19/2007

      Free Speech, Freedom of Expression


      Our "Peace Now" comrades have taken a calculated step.

      Probably to attract attention more than trying to convince anyone of the logic of their case, they plastered over town this poster:

      which reads: "Opponents of Annapolis - The Oppositionist Coalition to A Peace Agreement".

      The lefty-progressive camp has been frustrated by the ability of the right-wing camp to succeed in graphic portrayals of messages.  Just recently, they claimed that a poster put up by the Kahane remnants with President Shimon Peres with a kaffiyeh was incitement.  That's so ridiculous but the mainstream media repeated it and sure enough for two or three days, the dictatorship of mindthought was back in place.

      Why is it ridiculous?  Does Peace Now/ACRI/Meretz/Gush Shalom et. al., think that a kaffiyeh, that distinctive Arab peasant headress that the Mufti El-Husseini made all city-dwelling Arabs in the 1936-39 period wear so that the terrorists from the hill-country could blend in with the population (talking about collective punishment, by the way), automatically is racist, defammatory and inciteful?  If so, they should start a campaign to bring back the tarboosh.  But otherwise, I think they should shut up and allow others the blessed democratic privilege of freedom of thought, freedom of speech and freedom of expression.

      And if they think they are so 'clever' in their paralleling Lieberman and Ahmadinemajhad (or however one spells it), what would happen if someone would portray, say, Yossi Sarid and a...dog. 

      Why a dog?  Well, both of them urinate on the side of the road (see here).

      That would be silly and disrespectful and in bad taste, no?  If so, why does Peace Now insist on publicizing the poster above?

      And if they do insist on doing so, for peace's sake, stop crying about right-wing incitement.