I just received the following from Maurice Ostroff, who blogs at Countering Bias and Misinformation mainly about the Arab-Israel conflict. It begins with a response from Mark Weitzman of the Weisenthal Center about the forgery we discussed last week. Ostroff warns that they may be dismissing it too lightly since Pravda has posted it as true and solicited a raft of anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic vitriol in the talkbacks.
Response from the Simon Wiesenthal Centre re: Speech of Secrtry grl of the UN
I have checked into the account of the reported speech of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon that was supposedly given upon the occasion of Israel’s 60th birthday. According to the Department of Public Information of the UN, the speech is “categorically a hoax”. This can also be confirmed by the account of one of the (anti-Zionist) blogs that posted the forged speech, where he admits he was fooled and took it unknowingly from a neo-Nazi site. (This is the url for the blog, and this is the url where he acknowledges his mistake). Evidently, this is another in a long line of Internet hoaxes that are passed off as real.
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Director, Task Force against Hate
Chief Representative to the United Nations
Simon Wiesenthal Center
50 East 42nd Street, Suite 1600
New York, New York, 10017
5/501 Asher Barash, Herzliya, 46365 ISRAEL
Tel. +972 9 9595 261 Fax. +972 9 9509 667
To Mark Weitzman
Director, Task Force Against Hate
Chief Representative to the United Nations
Simon Wiesenthal Center
Report about the intention of UN Secretary General to ask the UN to strip Israel of UN membership!
Dear Mark Weitzman,
Thank you for your phone call. As discussed, I do not believe that this episode can be dismissed lightly on the strength of information on one or two not very serious blogs. The original report appeared on a very genuine looking UN News Center web site and it needs to be refuted prominently and officially by the UN.
Unfortunately the report and the negative references to Israel have been given credence by Pravda which alleges that the speech appeared on the official UN site but was removed under political pressure. See here.
Pravda is not uninfluential and has not issued any amendment to the report quoted above. What is more disturbing is that it is now running an additional thread on the same subject that is attracting a flood of anti-Israel talkbacks. See here.
Pravda’s claim that it received the report directly from its source at the UN cannot be overlooked by the Secretary General.
To prevent the allegations contained in the SG’s alleged speech about Israel’s conditional membership from snowballing, an urgent widely publicized clarification is needed from the UN and I respectfully suggest that in your capacity as Director of the Task Force against Hate of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, at the United Nations, you take up this matter at top level.
A visit to the site noted by Weitzman is instructive. Note how he frames the story — aha! it’s true (obviously) and it’s further proof that the Jews control the world media since they got everyone to take it down (including) the UN.
It has long been assumed that the zionists have complete control of the Corporate Media in the United States. AIPAC and its supporters have literally gotten away with murder over the past 60 years as a result of this.
But, there are still some that doubt that what I just said is a fact….. if the following isn’t enough evidence, then I don’t know what is.
On the 11th of May, the Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, called for Israel to be stripped of its membership in the world body. Did you read about it ANYWHERE? I know I didn’t until this morning when it was brought to my attention. The reasons….. here is just one of them;
The UN News Agency placed the Secretary General’s remarks on its official web site on May 11 and shortly thereafter, a news site in Israel called “News from Jerusalem” published the story on its web site.
Within hours however, the remarks of the Secretary General to the General Assembly were pulled off the UN site! In their place was a second address by the Secretary General, this one to the Security Council which was made the next day, May 12.
In addition, the May 11 story about ousting Israel from the UN was pulled off the “News from Jerusalem” site! In its place is a retraction challenging the validity of the source.
The above (in italics) is taken from a Blog, proving once again the valuable role played by the Blogesphere as the vehicle of getting the truth out to the masses. It is more than disturbing, it is downright frightening that our lives are in such control by the zionists.
Below is the full text of the Secretary General’s speech to the General Assembly….. pass it on, it must become public knowledge.
Desertpeace posted a rapid retraction:
A post I did earlier was based on what I thought to be ‘news’ from a reliable source…. NOTHING could be further from the truth.
The Blog I cite as the source of the article is a site run by one of the most despicable neo nazis living in the United States. The Turner Radio Network ( a blog attached to the Hal Turner show: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal_Turner#cite_note-0 ) is maybe most unreliable source on the internet.
The Turner Radio Network already spread many false news, and surely not in an innocent way: for instance:
All of the above was pointed out to me by one of the editors of an Associate site, URUKNET.
For this I am grateful, and to you my readers, I apologise….
The ’speech’ supposedly written by Ban Ki Moon was actually meant as a satirical piece, written by Greg Felton.
An irony of the Net is that the Turner Radio Network is listed as a news site on Google, while my Associate, Uruknet is not.
To which I commented:
maybe the reason you got caught was because you so wanted to believe the contents of the forgery. and despite what Greg Felton claims, he did not make a “satire” but a forgery (i.e., he copied the letterhead of a public institution and tried to pass off his ideology — which apparently appealed to you). a satire is when you take ideas you don’t believe in and make fun of them, like Swift suggesting that the Irish eat their babies during the great famine. See my post.
meantime, like Greg Fulton, you seem to have a limited grasp on the difference between “fact” and opinion. it’s far from a fact that the jews control the media, and certainly not for the purposes of spreading zionist plots, not even the media they’re prominent in like the NYT. that’s actually one of the oldest of modern conspiracy theories and it radically misreads the dynamics of jewish participation in modernity, esp the media which engages in levels of self-criticism unseen in any other “ethnic” or “religious” group.
maybe this mistake might be the beginning of a reconsideration on your part. after all, you do have the courage to admit error.
Which he duly posted.