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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

It's always a "bull market" for the international press when it comes to shocking stories of IDF soldiers and crying Gazans. Did an Israeli soldier pop out of a tank, machine gun several Arab children, and then smash up the ambulance that came to rescue them? Sounds a little fishy? Yeah, it probably is.

Richard Landes examines the evidence: Time Magazine and Palestinian Sources: On the Origins of Modern Blood Libels

Another epistemological challenge. Tim McGirk of Time Magazine has a report of an Israeli randomly murdering three little girls and an old lady. Pay attention to his idea of what constitutes confirmation of allegations he repeats as true...

And CAMERA's Tamar Sternthal weighs the evidence, here: Autopsy Report: Claims of Cold-Blooded Executions Not Credible

The tragic story of Khaled Abed Rabbo and his three young daughters -- said to have been shot in cold blood by an Israeli soldier on Jan. 7 in the northern Gaza Strip as the family waved white flags -- has been retold in many outlets, including Time Magazine, the Irish Times, the Washington Post, the Independent, BBC, and the Sydney Morning Herald, among others. Indeed, the Irish Times reports that "Each day, journalists and human rights investigators come to interview the grieving father." And, as reported by McClatchy News, the Abed Rabbos' allegation "is one of at least five such white flag incidents that human rights investigators are looking into across the Gaza Strip."

Yet, human rights investigators and journalists overlook the serious inconsistencies in the varying accounts delivered by Khaled and his relatives, as well as an ambulance driver who claimed to try to help the family. Moreover, early Palestinian accounts of the deaths -- as well as early reports in the Los Angeles Times and Ha'aretz -- tell an entirely different story which involves neither white flags nor cold-blooded executions of small children...

The fact is, these people live in a place where telling lies about the IDF is far less dangerous than telling the truth about what's going on around you -- which usually involves some bloodthirsty guys called Hamas.



"Syme: It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words. You wouldn't have seen the [Newspeak] Dictionary 10th edition, would you Smith? It's that thick. [illustrates thickness with fingers] The 11th Edition will be that [narrows fingers] thick. Winston Smith: So, The Revolution will be complete when the language is perfect? Syme: The secret is to move from translation, to direct thought, to automatic response. No need for self-discipline. Language coming from here [the larynx], not from here [the brain]" -1984 (film)


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