The ever-vigilant head of Israel’s CAMERA, Tamar Sternthal, has uncovered an interesting gaff by an Israeli “Peace” group in an ad they ran in the Israeli paper, Ha-Aretz. It reveals a great deal both about the demopathic nature of Palestinian media and the way that the Western left, with their eagerness to self-criticize, is a willing dupe to their deceptions. (HT: GS and TS)
Gush Shalom Falsely Accuses Israel of Killing 5-year-old
In a page A2 advertisement in Ha’aretz Friday (April 11), Gush Shalom falsely accuses Israel of having killed a five-year-old, Abdallah Bahar.
The text reads:
5-year-old Abdallah Bahar Was killed this week In the Gaza Strip By army fire.
Not a single word about this
Was published by
Yediot Aharonot, Maariv
or any TV channel
Only Haaretz published a photo.
In the democratic State of Israel
There is no need for
A military coup d’etat
In order to muzzle the media.
The editors do it themselves.
Note the rapidity with which they move from the refusal of the Israeli papers to publish this “information” to claims that the “democratic state of Israel” muzzles the media. Shades of “If Americans only knew,” an organization dedicated to mainstreaming every claim that the Palestinians make about the terrible Israelis. The only problem is… the child was killed by Palestinians.
But, as the Palestinian Center for Human Rights documents in an April 8 release entitled “Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Personnel,” Behar was killed by a Palestinian mortar shell which accidentally hit near his house.
A Child Killed and His Brother Wounded in al-Boreij
On Sunday evening, 6 April 2008, ‘Abdullah Mohammed Bahar, 4, was killed and his brother, ‘Abdul Jawad, 8, was wounded when a mortar shell fell near their house in al-Boreij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.
According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 15:00 on Sunday, a mortar shell fell near a house belonging to Mohammed Suleiman Bahar, 51, in the east of al-Boreij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. As a result, two of the owner’s children were wounded when they were playing near the house: ‘Abullah, 4, wounded by shrapnel to the head and the chest; and ‘Abdul Jawad, 8, wounded by shrapnel to the head. The two children were evacuated to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah town, but ‘Abdullah died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
PCHR is gravely concerned for the increasing number of casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons. PCHR calls upon concerned authorities to take necessary measures to ensure the non-recurrence of such incidents, which cause civilian fatalities, and to ensure protection for civilian and their property.
Note that Bassem Eid, the head of the Palestinian Human Rights Monitor has estimated that over 15% of Palestinian casualties during the Intifada were caused by Palestinians. Note that when Enderlin claimed the Israelis killed Muhammad al Durah, and the world heard about it, it was unthinkable that the Palestinians might have done it. As Enderlin later said, “it corresponded to the situation on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.” Who, prisoner of liberal cognitive egocentrism, would dare imagine that Palestinian culture could possibly be so likely to kill their own children?
Sternthal ends her post with some penetrating questions.
1) Does Ha’aretz have any policy requiring the fact-checking of ads for factual accuracy? Will Ha’aretz print a correction about the ad which contains a false, defamatory charge against Israel? Ask Publisher Amos Schocken (firstname.lastname@example.org).
2) What evidence does Gush Shalom have that would negate PCHR’s findings that Behar was killed by a Palestinian mortar? If none is available, will Gush Shalom retract its accusation? Contact email@example.com .
Or is the ability to trash their own country so critical to their search for “peace” that covering up the depravity of their country’s foes just too important? Indeed, one doesn’t need a military coup in order for the “peace”-advocacy journalists to censor themselves.
Meantime, as Gerald Steinberg from NGO Monitor pointed out to me, B’Tselem still lists Muhammad al Durah as slain by the Israelis.
Date of Incident 30/09/2000 Name: Muhammad Jamal Muhammad a-Dura age: 12 sex: M Citizenship: Palestinian Residence: al-Bureij Refugee Camp, Deir al-Balah Location of Event: in Netzarim Junction, Killed while fighting?: No Cause of Death: Gunfire Notes: Killed during clashes. His father tried to protect him.
How on earth can an outsider understand the pathological relationship between Palestinian pre-modern scapegoating and Israeli post-modern masochistic self-criticism?