Shoot your TV

It’s that time of the Islamic year again… Ramadan, the most sacred of Islamic months, the most spiritual, and the single most important month of the Islamic calendar, it sets the spiritual mood of the coming year, by the process of renewal and religious rejuvenation, while giving the chance to atone for the past one.

Therefore the Observance of Ramadan through fasting, prayers and other religious and charitable deeds, is a crucial tradition for any practicing Muslim.

Yet, each and every year, the wide range of national and international TV channels are steadily and more furiously, targeting the Islamic world with a wide and gigantic array of TV shows, sitcoms, dramatic TV series, absurd soap operas, and talk shows, mostly all with no relation to religion whatsoever, if not at odds with it! And it gets worse, much worse in fact, with each passing year.

A quick look at the TV channels promos and ads would reveal that there are 50+ TV series scheduled for the holy month each ranging from 40 minutes to an hour per episode (+at least 20 minutes of consumer ads).

A full 24 hours day is not even enough, if one were to follow just half those TV series, not to mention the rest of the sitcoms and TV shows, and the WORKS!

So how and why this enormous amalgamation of TV material in this holiest of all months? And does it have to do with the spirit of the month?

Ramadan once the month of piety and repentance, has turned out to be THE month of entertainment and TV, and as we all now by now, entertainment is the close kin of consumerism, and consumerism is the illegal parent of advertising… so it comes as no surprise that advertisers and advertising agencies get into a hysterical frenzy during Ramadan. Entertainment on TV screens in Ramadan is a completion and a race because the revenues of advertising rise like no other time of the year, promoting things that we don’t need, or already have, even though we are supposed to consume much less than any other time of the year!

Television has become, quite simply, the greatest tool of mass manipulation and thought control civilization has ever seen, an incarnation of the myriad of myths, fables, fictions, story telling, theologies and all other forms of ‘bread and circus’. And it is through this holy month, where TV is supposed to be less relevant, that TV works even more efficiently as the sole controller of the Muslim masses. Ironic isn’t it?

In 1844 Karl Marx said that “Religion is the opium of the people,” and seemed to suggest that its abolition would bring true happiness.

His statement is often phrased in English as “Religion is the opiate of the masses,” implying that it is meant somehow for the common people, the lower and middle classes.

I don’t believe that this idea was ever true, at least not in the sense of true religion, but I do think that societies seem to find their own “opiates,” illusory dreams that distract us away from reality, holding us back, and preventing from our true purpose and capacity.

In this day and age, Mass media, in the form of TV, sports, movie industry and internet have most efficiently become the true opiate of the masses.

And it is through Ramadan that this addictive opiate seeks to control us the most.

So I invite you this Ramadan to: Switch off your TV… Shut it down… or just Shoot it!

As impossible as this may seem to a lot of you, I’m inviting you to give it a try, get rid of your addiction…

Switch your TV off… and boycott it!!! as well as any other distracting addictive entrainment utility!

And use the internet as least as possible…

Devote this month to Allah..

To yourselves… and to your families…

Live Ramadan as it was supposed to be…

A month of repentance and peace and tranquility…

Just give it a try… and I promise you will not regret it…

Ramadan Kareem to all of you

Quotes:

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.
– Edward Bernays

“The role of the media in manufacturing consent is very well documented. The phrase, incidentally, is not mine. It is taken from the essays on democracy by Walter Lippmann, the leading American public intellectual of the 20th century. Walter Lippmann described the “manufacture of consent” as an innovation in the “art of democracy”. He recommended manufactured consent to control the “ignorant and meddlesome outsiders” — the general population — whose “function” in a democracy is to be “spectators”, not “participants” in making and implementing decisions. That is a standard theme among elite intellectuals from widely varying sociopolitical systems.”

– Noam Chomsky

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Israel: at the bottom of world view & the height of arrogance

The Israeli Propaganda machine is hard at work, over the past two days my facebook group “In the name of GAZA” has been under attack of pro-Israel bloggers and so was this blog, but the most substantial attacks I’ve received so far was on my deviantart account, where a user who goes by the net alias “SoldierofIsrael” kept spamming all my posts about Gaza and the recent onslaught on the Freedom flotilla, with comments full of Israeli propaganda and Hate Speech.

I know that following the Gaza War of 2009, the Israeli “Immigrant Absorption Ministry” recruited an “army of bloggers” (IAB), made up of Israelis who speak second languages, to try and counter the global rage that was provoked by that infamous war.

For years the Israeli government has bombarded journalists with statements, press releases and videos – all professing that Gaza is not suffering a humanitarian crisis, there is no shortage of goods entering the Strip and even mocking the suffering of people in Gaza by recommending restaurants to visit in the coastal territory.

Now it also went so far as to claim those on board the Freedom Flotilla had links to al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations.

But it is after the flotilla attack, that the IAB came handy! Israel through its army of bloggers, is trying hard to counter the global fury over the flotilla incident, by spreading Israeli Propaganda, half truths & misinformation! Israel want us to believe that 30 unarmed peace activists, got suicidal and ambushed and attacked fully armed but “peaceful” commando soldiers dropping down ropes in the middle of the night. That is the Israeli narrative of events and Israel is surely entitled to it. But what evidence does Israel offer what evidence to back their claim?

Other than, the ridiculous photos of the “weapons” which Israel claims found on board of the flotilla, and which Israel posted Israeli ministry of foreign affairs’ Flickr page, Israel offers no solid evidence to back its claims.

Israel also released these two extremely edited, very short youtube videos! supposedly showing the activists attacking the Israeli commandos onboard the Mavi Marmara, but with no mention as to who shot the videos, or why the two videos don’t show the full timeline of the attack!

On the other hand, Arab media claims that these two videos are a hoax and an Israeli attempt to absorb the world’s rage over the incident that left nine peace activists dead and injured 30 others.

Now, I don’t have an idea if those clips are manipulated or not. And I suspect we will never know. The clips are so low quality and there is no way of verifying them, let alone that Israel will never allow it us to do so!
However, those dubious clips, even if true, are surely edited, tremendously edited may I add, and they fail to address, let alone refute, the claims by the released flotilla passengers that: “Israeli commandos were shooting at the ship before the commandos were on board”. Israel is refusing to release the full clip, and that alone speaks volumes about the “credibility” of Israel’s fraudulent story.

The Israeli government also continues to refuse to open any sort of impartial investigation into the incident (international or even national), and claims that the IDF’s own fishy investigation, which concluded with heroizing the very commandos who committed the massacre, is more than enough!

So with that said, What does Israel expect the world to do? Are we supposed to buy it’s version of the story with no evidence whatsoever to back it up?
Israel claims that it’s soldiers only boarded the ship to search it!
Well if they were boarding the ship to search it, how come they didn’t approach from below, and try to get on board with no guns pointed at anyone, instead of dropping down helicopters!!!

Dropping down helicopters is a standard procedure when you are attacking and taking people by surprise. And when you are attacking, to take over any vessel, you don’t attack with Paintball guns!

This clip, even if true, is actually a testimony that those people, scared and terrified, when they woke up to Israeli commandos landing on them from the sky, were merely trying to defend themselves with the only things they had at their disposal: metal rods and chairs! I don’t see a single activist with a gun or a short sword in the clip!!!

Wouldn’t you do the same, if commandos are attacking your ship in the middle of the night?

BUT no, Israel expects the passenger of the flotilla to welcome commandos dropping down on the ship in the middle of the night with flowers and kisses, or even better welcome the commandos lay on the ground face down!!! And since they surely didn’t do that, Israel blames them for the whole ordeal! After all, Israel have told us they are: Terrorist-Mercenary-Firebreathing-Mutants!

Yet now that the passengers and journalists have been released from Israeli detention, a much different story is emerging.  Numerous witnesses and journalists are describing Israeli acts of aggression, including the shooting of live ammunition, before the commandos landed.  The New York Times blogger Robert Mackey today commendably compiles that evidence — I recommend it highly — and he writes:  “now that the accounts of activists and journalists who were detained by Israel after the raid are starting to be heard, it is clear that their stories and that of the Israeli military do not match in many ways.”  As Juan Cole says:  “Many passengers have now confirmed that they were fired on even before the commandos had boots on the deck. Presumably it is this suppressive fire that killed or wounded some passengers and which provoked an angry reaction and an attack on the commandos.”

Are all the passengers of the six boats lying and fabricating the “same” story? I guess so, afterall, they are all terrorists and capable of anything, including telepathy!!!

Meanwhile Israel, refusing to open an investigation as it does, released this following video last Friday, by no other than the Israeli government’s press office itself (which belongs to the Israeli prime minister’s office), which can be described as nothing but distasteful and insulting to those killed and injured on the Freedom Flotilla, and quite frankly disturbing – especially since it was made by the Jerusalem Post’s deputy managing editor, Caroline Glick, who also works for the American Center for Security Policy in Washington, DC.

On Friday afternoon, the Israeli Government issued an email, apologizing for circulating the insulting spoof video, saying it had been an error and calling the releasing of the video a misunderstanding. Press office director Danny Seaman said the video did not reflect official state opinion, but in his personal opinion, he thought it was “fantastic”.

Government spokesman Mark Regev said the video reflected how Israelis felt about the incident. “I called my kids in to watch it because I thought it was funny,” he said. “It is what Israelis feel. But the government has nothing to do with it.”

My rage over the flotilla massacre have doubled after watching this video! The Israeli government is  mocking those who died and got injured and furthermore, mocking the anger of the world!

How is that even possible???!!!

If that’s not the height of arrogance & conceit, I don’t know what is!

Israeli impunity has already been shown in the cases of Western peace activists Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndell who were killed while peacefully protesting against Israeli army actions against Palestinian citizens. But this last incident, it’s fallout and how Israel deals with the global anger at it, surpasses the limits of arrogance and conceit.