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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Removing the delusion

Israeli soldiers don't kill innocent Palestinians, so the establishment thinking goes. Only Arabs, Palestinians and "terrorists" engage in such behaviour. The mountain of evidence proving otherwise grows a little more today with the release of this Haaretz report:

"An investigation by Haaretz and the human rights group B'Tselem repudiates the army's version of events concerning an August 24 operation in which five Palestinians were killed by Israel Defense Forces fire in the West Bank refugee camp of Tul Karm.

"The official IDF announcement described the late-night undercover operation as follows: "Five terrorists from the terror network responsible for the attacks at the Stage club and [Hasharon mall] in Netanya were killed in Tul Karm." That announcement, which later changed several times, termed Anas Abu Zeina, 17, "an accessory to wanted militants"; Adel Abu Khalil (Al-Gawi), 26, "a senior Islamic Jihad operative"; and Majdi Atiya, 18, somebody who "engaged in preparing explosive devices and participated in attacks against IDF forces."

"However the material collected by Haaretz and B'Tselem reveals that the three teenage boys killed - Abu Zeina, Mohammed Othman, 17, and Mahmoud Ahadib, 17 - are not known members of any terrorist organization.

"The two adults killed were low-ranking operatives who did not behave like wanted militants and were unarmed at the time. They were shot by the soldiers at short range, from 10-15 meters away, while they were in a largely-enclosed courtyard."

Never believe occupation authorities. Their job is to lie, deceive and put the best spin on the most horrific of situations. Where do you think the Americans learned their dirty tricks?

5 Comments:

Blogger Shabadoo said...

"Low-ranking operatives"...hmmm, that's an interesting one. So how many Israeli Jews were out dancing in the street and handing out lollies after this one?

Meanwhile, here's a little more on media misreporting events in the M.E...

Wednesday, September 07, 2005 5:00:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Shooting unarmed civilians must surely be considered a crime against humanity. And again we see those words, "refugee camp", sitting innocuously in the report, not at all out of place - as if to say, "this is normal, of course free people are living in refugee camps, where else would they be?"

Ant, for the benefit of someone without a strong understanding of contemporary Israeli politics and society, can you describe where Haaretz sits on the political spectrum? Is it likely to illicit a response by publishing this report?

Wednesday, September 07, 2005 6:03:00 pm  
Blogger leftvegdrunk said...

Also, readers here may be interested in yesterday's article in the Guardian entitled, 'Israeli soldiers tell of indiscriminate killings by army and a culture of impunity'. Pretty damning stuff, and from Israelis themselves. The link is here:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,3604,1563255,00.html

Wednesday, September 07, 2005 9:00:00 pm  
Blogger asdfsdafsda said...

So shabadoo what is your aversion to the truth, anyway?

Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:08:00 am  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Haaretz is a smallish newspaper, left of centre, but moving further to the right. This kind of report SHOULD have an effect but much of the world media sees israeli behaviour as necessary in the 'war on terror.'

Thursday, September 08, 2005 11:24:00 am  

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