Did Bill Moyers Step in the Pallywood Doodoo? UN Reports on Israeli War Crimes

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.

13 Responses to Did Bill Moyers Step in the Pallywood Doodoo? UN Reports on Israeli War Crimes

  1. oao says:

    what happens is that the pals projects how they would treat jews on to the jews and create these scenarios for arab and western consumption.

    the arabs swallow this lock stock and barrel, because they do the same projections.

    what is astounding is how the west has been corrupted into accepting these things without question, knowing that israel is part of the western civilization and the arabs live in the 7th century.

    the only way such ready acceptance, against the odds can be explained is antisemitism.

  2. JD says:

    They are fantasies or exaggerations.

    They work because there is an avid audience in Western Europe for it, and accusations against people are accepted without question if they are accusations against Jews. It’s tradition.

    It is not only projection. It is a Palestinian tradition, part of their national mythology.

  3. Jeremy says:

    The amazing thing is that if you read the full reports, the incident as reported sounds like a mistake. They were ordered out of one building. While walking they asked a patrol and were directed towards a building with other refugees. They went to this building. Some 24 hours later, for reasons that are yet to come to light, the building was targeted. The information comes from the Haaretz website, a mainstream, liberal left-wing paper.

    Now, how the story was reported in the Observer:

    the International Red Cross “was so outraged it broke its usual silence over an attack in which the Israeli army herded a Palestinian family into a building and then shelled it, killing 30 people and leaving the surviving children clinging to the bodies of their dead mothers. The army prevented rescuers from reaching the survivors for four days.”

    Absolutely incredible that the MSM should misreport in this manner. Notice how that single space between the words “building” and “and” hides 24 hours of warfare.

  4. E.G. says:

    The investigation will come up with corroborated facts.

    But there have been reports in the Israeli press about Hamas gunmen dressed in IDF uniforms, and about Hamas militiamen herding Fatah supporters (or suspected as such) into schools, hospitals etc. used as detention and torture centres.

    So if it’s not the “Levantine mentality” casting facts and fiction into some laden narrative, I suspect a Hamas spin. After all, this movement’s relation to facts is a bit problematic.

  5. Cynic says:

    Just to add to the “circumstantial” evidence of meddling with the facts to foster the agenda LGF has a video
    Al Arabiya reporter Hannan al-Masri is live on the air in Gaza when she is told that Hamas has just fired rockets from inside the Al Arabiya studio building,

  6. Cynic says:

    Absolutely incredible that the MSM should misreport in this manner.

    The MSM have an agenda and that is to portray the Juice in the worst possible light.
    There is nothing here that can point to “naive”, ignorant or other excuse for their behaviour.

  7. Cynic says:

    Solomonia has this link to Ralph Peters article:
    The Lies of Gaza

    A Hamas terrorist, a UN aid worker and a journalist walked into a Gaza hookah bar. And no one could tell who was who.

  8. oao says:

    Just to add to the “circumstantial” evidence of meddling with the facts to foster the agenda LGF has a video

    the arabs are not smart enough to even get scared that hamas shoots from their building.

  9. Eliyahu says:

    In an effort to defend Moyers from criticisms made on RL’s first post on Moyers [18 Jan 2009, I think], Bill Stewart said to RL:

    Why did you choose to end your transcript where you did? Perhaps because it doesn’t fit your narrative and your zeal to smear an honest man. When you go back to the original statement (it’s at about the 5:12 mark for those of you who would rather skip over other sober and interesting thoughts on the Gaza violence), Moyers’ next words are: “A radical stream of Islam now seeks to eliminate Israel from the face of the earth.” It’s clear with anyone of even middling intelligence that Moyers is not singling out Jews but in fact the rooting out a biblical source of violence encoded in the human race in general. I’m thrilled at Conservatives’ new found zeal to root out anti-Semitism (because we all know where traditionally anti-semitism has resided in this country), but I don’t think it’s too much to ask you to exercise a little of dignity and rigour in your readings and analysis. Moyers could have been more precise, you can question his theological acumen, but I think it’s pretty clear that Moyers is not being anti-Semitic.

    I trust that Stewart correctly quoted Moyers and I think that he has unwittingly pointed to an important aspect of Moyers’ modus operandi. What Moyers did was to embed or implant like a stinkweed his very offensive, indeed Nazi-like, remark within a rosegarden of reasonable, even truthful statements, such as Stewart quoted above. It’s an old trick of psywar. It’s like mixing bitter medicine into a sweet syrup to disguise its taste from children. Here the sweet syrup are rather innocuous remarks. And the offensive remark embedded into it does not reflect its context. So it’s appropriate to take it out of its context. Vance Packard called this technique a “hidden persuader.” The innocuous context might mislead people into overlooking how sinister the statement is.

    Now, Moyers is an expert at psychological warfare. That’s what he’s been doing at PBS for years. When he worked for Lyndon Baines Johnson, he was a relative beginner in the field, just a White House press secretary. Now, he influences the supposedly educated, refined, cultured crowd that watches PBS and listens to NPR, which by the way, are financed in part by your taxpayers’ dollars. They are semi-official agencies
    of the US govt. Anyhow, how dare LBJ’s press secretary pontificate to us and preach morality to us about violent mass death? Does he recall that anti-LBJ chant?
    LBJ, how many kids did you kill today? Does Moyers think that that chant was fair to his boss?

    I think that the kindest thing to say about Moyers is that he is a demopath, somebody who uses humanitarian and democratic rhetoric for the opposite purpose. RL made an important contribution in discerning the demopath phenomenon.

    Now, the fact that such a prominent member of the Establishment has seen fit to utter this scandalous claim of Jews’ being genetically coded for violence is a very sinister omen. The remark is worthy of Nazi propaganda. It is not as crude as Der Ewige Jude, the Nazi propaganda film against Jews. However, we ought to bear in mind that the Nazis too were capable of saying things that were very reasonable or might seem to be, like Chomsky and A-jad. Indeed, Genevieve Tabouis reported that at the fall 1933 session of the League of Nations, German delegates stressed their attachment to democracy, liberalism, peace, and other Good Things. The outrage over Moyers’ sinister remark should not become silent.

  10. oao says:

    I trust that Stewart correctly quoted Moyers and I think that he has unwittingly pointed to an important aspect of Moyers’ modus operandi.

    as I commented earlier, moyers is smart enough and knows how to express himself. hiding behind “I was not precise” is a clear indication that he knew what he was saying. he would never expressed it this way with respect to the muslims.

    I think that the kindest thing to say about Moyers is that he is a demopath, somebody who uses humanitarian and democratic rhetoric for the opposite purpose. RL made an important contribution in discerning the demopath phenomenon.

    barry goldwater used to say that when he saw moyers on tv he became sick to his stomach.

    Now, the fact that such a prominent member of the Establishment has seen fit to utter this scandalous claim of Jews’ being genetically coded for violence is a very sinister omen.

    given the re-emerging of anti-semitism and its becoming fashionable again, the kooks come out of the closet. they held their fire for such a long time it must be a real relief to be able to spit it out.

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