Skip to comments.Wiesenthal Center: Huffington Post Headline on Gaza ‘Takes Art of Lying to New Depths’
Posted on 07/25/2014 7:34:18 AM PDT by SJackson
Simon Wiesenthal Center Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper on Thursday slammed the Huffington Post and reporter Sophie Jones, its Middle East correspondent, for the sensationalist headline, They Just Wanted to Kill as Many People as Possible. Cooper said the headline, accusing Israel of targeting civilians in its current war against Hamas in Gaza, and Joness reporting, takes the art of lying and self-delusion to new depths.
The Huffington Post article quoted Israel Defense Forces Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, the IDFs official spokesman, describing Israels policy and procedure to warn civilians before striking Gaza targets, but then accused Israel of targeting civilians as collective punishment.
In an email, Lerner told Jones: The IDF has no intention to harm civilians. Any instance in which non-involved Gaza residents are harmed is a tragic byproduct of Hamas attempts to maximize local casualties.
When arms depots or military targets are deployed within residential areas, the IDF calls residents with a warning minutes before the strike, in order to provide residents time to evacuate, Lerner said.
If residents fail to comply, a small non-explosive munition is used to convey the seriousness of the warning, prior to the strike, he told Jones. Finally, only after visual confirmation that civilians have exited the premises does the IDF approve the strike.
Then Jones wrote: But in dozens of interviews, survivors from Israeli strikes mocked and criticized Israels insistence that it actively tries to avoid killing civilians. Instead, they said, civilians are being targeted as a form of collective punishment.
On Thursday, Cooper told The Algemeiner, This takes the art of lying and self-delusion to new depths. The people of Gaza know the truth.
Israel made a commitment unmatched by any other country in wartime to use technology to minimize civilian casualties, he said. Is it perfect, of course not. But Gazans know the truth Hamas, who they voted into power, has turned them into human shields, their enemy Israel has tried to help them survive.
Joness own reporting contradicted the articles headline, as several of her dozens of interviews described how they and their families safely left their homes after the IDF warned as many as people as possible in their neighborhood.
In the article, Jones wrote: Civilians living in homes that have been targeted say Israel often gives warnings to their neighbors, nearby relatives or friends. If those people are sleeping, cant reach the residents by phone, or just cant run fast enough, families often have no idea they need to evacuate.
Jones quoted Dr. Nasser al-Tattar, head of Al Shifa Hospital, which has become an unofficial and illegal, according to intentional laws of war, headquarters for Hamas.
Al-Tatter told Jones he had received a warning earlier this month about an imminent strike from his nephew, Mohammed, who lives in a house nearby.
They said, We are going to bomb Dr. Nassers house, tell the neighbors to evacuate, Mohammed recalled, standing next to his uncles destroyed home, the first floor cardio clinic now just rubble. You have 10 minutes, they said. So I ran and told everyone.
Thanks to Mohammeds ability to get to the house quickly, no one was injured or killed.
Rabbi Cooper said: We shouldnt be surprised that their neighbors wont acknowledge it, let alone say thank you.
Israel made these efforts because its the right thing to do, he said. For now, that choice will have to serve as its own reward.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center slams their liberal bunk mate? Why, next liberals will be fulminating that this is a trick by evil Neo Cons.
Maybe they will realize that the left merely likes their money, and that they are wholly expendable when left-wing agendas need to be advanced.
Born Arianna Stassinopoulos on July 15, 1950 in Athens, Greece.
Moved to England at the age of 16, and attended Girton College at Cambridge University where she was President of the Cambridge Union Society in 1971 and graduated with an MA in economics in 1972.
Met millionaire Michael Huffington at a 1985 party hosted by Ann Getty in San Francisco.
Married Huffington in 1986, divorced by 1997. Story goes Michael was bisexual or turned gay. Hmm, wonder why?
Member and ordained minister of John-Roger cult the Movement of Spiritual Inner Awareness
Former disciple of group-sex and germ-warfare guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
HuffPo lying! I’m shocked.
HuffPo sucks. Always has. Always will (until it ceases to be).