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What the ‘Jew-boy’ Story Tells Us About the Media

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Israel’s Channel 2 commentator Aviv Bushinsky. He called U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro "a little Jew boy." Photo: Elder of Ziyon.

Israel’s Channel 2 commentator Aviv Bushinsky who reportedly called U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro “a little Jew boy.” Photo: Elder of Ziyon.

It started in Haaretz:

A former adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used the derogatory Hebrew term “Yehudon” – loosely translated as “little Jew boy” to characterize remarks by US Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro.

On a Tuesday morning political panel show, on Israel’s Channel 2, commentator Aviv Bushinsky reacted to remarks Shapiro made in his speech to the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) conference. Shapiro said “too much Israeli vigilantism in the West Bank goes on unchecked,” adding that “there is a lack of thorough investigations… at times it seems Israel has two standards of adherence to rule of law in the West Bank – one for Israelis and one for Palestinians.”

After viewing a clip of Shapiro’s remarks, Bushinsky declared, “To put it bluntly, it was a statement typical of a little Jew boy (Yehudon).”

How could the media resist tying Netanyahu, through his former adviser, to a stupid slur on a TV show where people are rewarded for saying outrageous things?

Within hours, Reuters picked it up. So did the Financial Times. Time magazine. The Huffington Post.

What most of the Western media didn’t bother reporting was that Bushinsky had not worked for Netanyahu for nearly 12 years.

His relationship with Netanyahu is quite tenuous. His top-level description in Wikipedia doesn’t even mention his political career:

Aviv Bushinsky (born April 13, 1967) is a journalist, CEO, business man and an undergraduate program communications lecturer. He is the chairman of the Israel Squash Association. He served as chairman of Maccabi Tel Aviv F.C. and as chairman of the Israeli Chess Federation.

The implication that Haaretz made, that this slur is somehow emblematic of the Israeli political Right when Bushinsky has literally nothing to do with them, has been swallowed whole by the mainstream media in record time.

Haaretz, always looking to denigrate its country, can write whatever it wants and it knows that while few in Israel will read it, its inane stories will often get amplified by the world’s reporters who are too lazy to bother to check the context. In this sense, the Jews at Haaretz really do control the media — filled with journalists too lazy and ignorant to bother to check the facts.

A stupid comment by a person with literally no connection to the government receives worldwide attention.

But statements condoning terrorism made by the current leader of the Palestinian Arab government get routinely ignored by that same media.

There is a much bigger story here than a pundit making a stupid comment on a TV show. The story is why Bushinsky is a story, while the bile and threats and lies and hate that are said by current Palestinian leaders are ignored by Reuters and Time and the Financial Times and the Huffington Post.

But the media won’t cover stories about why the media won’t do their jobs.

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  • stevenl

    Another definition of antisemitism. One could write a thick book just with all the allusions to and definitions of antisemitism.

  • Ian F. Shield

    The comment does not sound stupid to me. I think the epithet fits Shapiro perfectly.

  • Carol

    Stop stupidity. Double standard at play. Shapiro is probably another secular Jew. That’ s what supported hitler initialy. History is repeating itself. No attacks against our mainstream commentators. Lots of anti-Jewish wording going unchecked.

    If you walk with your tail between your,legs, you eventualy lose both. If you bury your head where it is dark, you lose that too. Anti-semitism has always been alive and well in the world. Who else can the Devils choose for their own gain, and get away with it?

  • SHmuel HaLevi

    Oh well! I do not always disagree with Mr. Netanyahu.

  • It is about time for the Jews to know the reason the Jews did become “a split minds” then the Jews will become the real Hebrew MIND! As man can laugh on his life situation its best no to react looking for facts, facts do not exist in modern time. Are you not aware about it? When men looks beyond facts men do not react at all , the best reaction is not to react!

  • kern

    What Aviv Bushinsky called Daniel Shapiro is a term of affection compared to what I would call a Jew who endorses, promotes and implements the Middle Eastern policies of Barack Obama, the powerful enemy of Israel and the Jew, who will continue to harm Israel’s position in the world long after he leaves the White House.

    There is much more to say about American politicians who are generally thought of as Jews, but whose gods are Obama and the maintenance of their personal fiefdoms.

    The world and American Jewry will never be the same. “Mamzarum” would be the mildest word that I would use to describe them.

  • z

    “There is a much bigger story here than a pundit making a stupid comment on a TV show. The story is why Bushinsky is a story, while the bile and threats and lies and hate that are said by current Palestinian leaders are ignored by Reuters and Time and the Financial Times and the Huffington Post.”

    Yes, the story is why are there people like you that still watch, listen, read that CIA propaganda? Tune it off! These CIA propaganda outlets proved over and over again that they have ZERO credibility and don’t deserve anyone’s time or attention. Let them and their slimy lying propaganda die of irrelevance and bankruptcy.

  • Jack Holan

    I agree with you 100% except for two statements. You mention that the Comment made by Bushinsky was a stupid comment made by a pundit. Perhaps so, or maybe all of us who have seen the guile of Anti-Semitism (though no Jewish organization will label it as such, just ‘deeply troubling’). This President has been using his House Jews for 7 years. I could pull out names but we know =who are J.Goldberg-Atlantic =mysterious midnight caller giving the denigrating name ‘Chicken SXXt’but not revealing name plus no apologies from administration when Obama insists our Minister of Defense call and apologize. Then there is Indyk triple dipping US Govt, Brookings and =Qatar and backstabbing Israel during the so called honest broker negations.
    Dermer got off light for being the =House Jew. After all he is a stick for Obama, Kapo would be more appropriate like Soros. How will Dermer explain to his Children, Grand =Children. Why Doesn’t Obama pull out Muslims to intimidate Muslims Countries, or African Americans to do the same to African Countries. I’LL TELL YOU WHY, ITS BIGOTED BUT IF OBAMA DOES RACiST ACT TO THE JEWS NO ON JEWS 2 DON’T BAT AN EYE THINK ABOUT IT

  • David Peters

    I remember Yehudon to be a lot more derogatory, on the same level as Cushon, referring to Beta Israel.
    (K**e and N****r come to mind, at worst; Yid and Darkie, at best.
    Elsewhere, I have commented that Ambassador Shapiro is an Apikoros who serves his master.
    Mr. Bushinsky is rightfully expressing his opinion, but his choice of words (for quoting) cold have been more politic.

  • rulierose

    not to mention that Shapiro IS a yehudon, or worse. I personally think “kapo” works better.