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Saturday, March 19, 2011

I believe the term for this sort of thing is "Blood Libel"

On the subject of fakes, or more precisely the suspension of normal critical faculties so as to see what you wish to see, consider the grim tale of the five Israelis murdered last week in Itamar.

First of all, the IDF have yet to identify the killers as definitely Palestinian (and does anyone think they wouldn't if they could?) Here is the wikipedia entry describing the crime:

Israeli authorities estimate that two murderers took part in the attack. An initial probe showed serious failures in the functioning of the security forces at Itamar, and the pursuit of the perpetrators began very late. According to the probe, the fence around Itamar functioned properly. When the terrorists infiltrated, just after 9 p.m. on Friday night, an alarm sounded in the settlement's security room, indicating the exact location where they entered. But neither the settlement's civilian security team nor the civilian security officer, who went to the site of the disturbance and found nothing out of order, informed soldiers patrolling the area of the fence, although procedures prescribe that the IDF is to be informed of any alarm.

I'm not trying to suggest that this was a "Jew on Jew" killing, but it sounds suspiciously like an inside job, or at least one with inside help. And when you consider that the IDF reckon the killings were the work of one or two people rather than a "terrorist infrastructure" * it sounds more like some kind of individual feuding or revenge. In other words, the kind of thing which (when it happens in the UK) is called "murder" but not "terrorism".

As the attackers used knives rather than rifles or pistols, and because of other characteristics of the killings, the IDF believes it was not carried out by an organized terrorist infrastructure but more likely was the work of one or two people (http://www.jpost.com/DiplomacyAndPolitics/Article.aspx?id=211879)

None of which has prevented the murders being more or less entirely reported as a terrorist attack by Palestinians.

We are also told that Hamas described the killings as "heroic". Well did they? The Hamas leadership certainly didn't.

According to the Website for Ezzedeen Al-Qassam Brigades in Palestine, (the military wing of the Islamic resistance movement Hamas), Palestinian National Movement Hamas official Ezzat Al-Rashak says that the movement is not responsible for the murder of the five family members from the Itamar settlement. Al-Rashak confirmed that, "harming children is not part of Hamas' policy, nor is it the policy of the resistance factions."

Islamic Jihad certainly called it a heroic operation, but the only suggestion that Hamas praised it in those terms is that a columnist (Mustaf Sawwaf) in a pro-Hamas newspaper did so. Which is like blaming the Conservative party for everything that appears in the Daily Telegraph.

(Over at Bare Naked Islam, Uncle Jimmy's white supremacist chums (of whom more anon) reckon the Hamas leadership said one thing in English but something quite different in Arabic. Jimmy tells us that BNI always links to authoritative sources, and here it links to the Translating Jihad blog: it had to, as this "scoop" only appears there. The guy who runs the blog helpfully links to Loonwatch's systematic demolition of his supposed translating skills. So I think an otherwise uncorroborated story from him has zero credibility. Mind you, BNI''s description of the murders runs "A baby and two young children are slaughtered in their home along with their parents, who fought the Muslims in vain to keep their children from being stabbed to death." Perhaps if BNI read newspapers instead of fake Arabic translators they would have spotted that the parents, like the children, were hacked to death in their sleep. )

But for the best and most widespread example of seeing what you wish to see, take the reports of the people of Gaza celebrating the murders.

"Gaza residents from the southern city of Rafah on Saturday poured out on the streets to celebrate the terror attack in West Bank settlement of Itamar, in which five family members were murdered in their sleep." (http://www.anti-semitism.net/gaza/gaza-residents-hand-out-candy-to-celebrate-itamar-massacre-solomonia.php)

Palestinians actively celebrated the killings in Gaza. Getty Images/AP released a photo in which:
‘A Palestinian man distributes sweets in the streets of the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah on March 12, 2011 to celebrate an attack which killed five Israeli settlers at the Itamar settlement near the West Bank city of Nablus.’

This celebration was not reported by The Guardian or the BBC despite the fact that both media organs attempted to portray Palestinians as unhappy about the killings.

Ah yes, the photograph. Actually there are three photographs, and I will show all of them. (All photographs by SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

And that's that. Those are the photographs. The total evidence for Gazans "pouring onto the streets to celebrate" is three pictures, which show a young man handing sweets to (a) a glum-faced taxi driver (b) two stony-faced policemen (c) an old woman whose grimace might be taken as a smile. Nothing terribly celebratory: if the captions didn't tell you what to expect to see you might be looking at pictures of a man handing out sweets to raise money for Comic Relief. Nobody cheering or firing guns into the air. Nobody even smiling much. Perhaps the captions should read "Gazan man hands out sweets his Mum made but doesn't want now because the reports of the murders havemade her feel sick". That would fit the expressions better.

So why have all the mainstream media leapt on these pictures, taken the Getty-supplied captions at face value, ignored the actual content of the pictures, but then extrapolated further to describe jubikant crowds Why indeed? Because once again it requires only a five-second look at the pictures to realise that the captions are simply a vile lie. Not wishing to get all Oliver Stoneish here, but it does seem more than a simple coincidence that so many people all mysteriously abandoned all professional ethics and care over the same story.


After all the deception and outright lying, let us leave the last word to the younger brother of the murdered father (and uncle of the children):

Udi Fogel's younger brother Motti Fogel spoke out against the use that has been made of the murder of the family: "All the slogans about Torah and settlement, the Land of Israel and the people of Israel are attempts to forget the simple and pain-torn fact: you are dead. You are dead, and no slogan will bring you back. You are not a symbol or a national event. Your life was a purpose in and of itself, and it should be forbidden for your terrible death to turn your life into some sort of tool." (Haaretz)


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