If Israel did this, then I can understand Moyers’ moral indignation, no matter how distorted his biblical references. If not, then he owes a major public apology to the Jewish people, which he can do by exploring fully the nature of the revolting and inexcusable success of the Pallywood game.
Here’s the evidence. We’ll see how it sorts out. (H/T: Ruth)
In his defense of his rant against Israel for its assault on innocent Palestinian civilians, Bill Moyers cited an incident that allegedly occurred in the Zeitun neighborhood of Gaza City on January 4-5. For anyone familiar with the Israeli army’s code of conduct, and the obvious lack of any advantage to the Israelis to behave in this manner, the incident sounds immediately suspicious; and for anyone familiar with the workings of Pallywood — false testimony from Palestinian “eyewitnesses,” NGO and UN affirmations and indignation, and MSM disseminators — it sounds like the classic modus operandi that turns self-caused tragedy into murderous accusations.
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) based in Jerusalem, and working from “narratives” from the Gaza strip called it “one of the gravest incidents since the beginning of the fighting.”
The story ran in the Arab press (Al Jazeera) as well as the press services (AFP) and, of course, the BBC. And so, one might understand Moyers if, for him, it had achieved the status of a “fact.”
Except that the Israeli response calls almost every detail into question:
Military officials said in reponse to the accusation that “from initial examinations in the IDF there is no knowledge of any incident in which IDF forces moved people from one building to another.
“Furthermore, the claim that the building was attacked on January 4, in 24-hours after the IDF entered the Gaza Strip is unreasonable since the IDF forces had not yet reached the areas in question on this date.
“An Israeli television network examination of the matter with hospitals in the area showed the hospitals had no knowledge of such an incident.”
[The Ynet account claims to be AFP of the same day, but the AFP article only cites Avital Leibovich as saying “From initial checking, we don’t have knowledge of this incident. We started an inquiry but we still don’t know about it.”]
If indeed this turns out to be a false report — replete with elaborate eye-witness accounts at B’tselem — then I think a major reconsideration is in order. Since this incident would have involved all the usual suspects and so well-respected a pundit as Bill Moyers, I think it is well worth tracking down. In its dynamics lie the core of how Pallywood poisons the information systems of the West and raises the temperatures of global jihad warming.