Sunday, September 18, 2005


Antisemitism Editorial License

One of the countless and disproportionately anti-Israel articles on the excreable BC Indymedia is Sharon: Palestinians must show their desire for peace.

Apparently, this is based on an article in Israeli newspaper, Ha'aretz. I say this as, after the opening paragraph, obviously written by an anti-Israel provocateur, comes this:
Sharon: Palestinians must show their desire for peace
By Aluf Benn, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service
A pretty clear byline if ever I saw one.

Subsequently however, there were casual observations inserted into the Ha'aretz text:
"The right of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel does not mean disregarding the rights of others in the land," Sharon said.

(Um, excuse me? What was that?)

"After more than 57 consecutive years of war and terror which did not stop the development of the State of Israel (Actually, it facilitated its creation ...); after all this - our heart's desire was and remains to achieve peace with our neighbors."
Note the absence of any formatting to indicate it was an 'editorial' addition not attributed to the claimed author.

From the sublime to the ridiculous (or antisemitic to downright filth if you prefer) the 'second half' of the article is a series of "examples" of Israeli militancy, in order to discredit the speech by Ariel Sharon, as actualy reported by Ha'aretz. This included:
5. "When we have settled the land, all the Arabs will be able to do about it will be to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle." Raphael Eitan, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defence Forces, New York Times, 14 April 1983.

24. "One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail." -- Rabbi Yaacov Perrin, Feb. 27, 1994 [Source: N.Y. Times, Feb. 28, 1994, p. 1]
Amongst others.

These are in fact fabrications, and searching for them will yield only two things. Antisemitic websites, both far-right and Arab, and websites documenting antisemitism. See here for a good example of the latter that notes:
Neither of these quotations appeared in The New York Times on the date cited by Ms. Sobh. They do appear on a number of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic web sites.
A subsequent comment on that page observes:
Its an old tactic - actually developed by the NKVD (early version of the KGB); write an article in which purports to quote sources which are considered the time a correction (if any) is actually made, its too late; now the false quote is implanted - eg, this article here falsely guoting the NY Times...

That there is virulent Antisemitism on Indymedia (especially BC Indymedia) comes as no great surprise. Viewing the tactics of these pond scum however is an eye opener.

It's also interesting to note how the various versions of the listings of such quotes (including on anti-semitic article entitled "Ariel Sharon's Book of Bedtime Verses" (sorry, no links to scum today)) change spelling and minor points as each example is debunked.

The above article pointed out the obvious fraud of statements allegedly made in 1950 about "the Palestinians" despite the term "Palestinian" not being widely used until the late sixties. Now, there are otherwise identical versions of the quote which refer to "Arabs", or include [the Palestinians] as a side-note instead.

Thus, the 'evolution' of antisemitic tactics, helped along massively by Indymedia. Fully attributed to an Israeli newspaper for added 'authenticity'.

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