Skip to comments.Lies, damn lies and Palestinian spokesmen
Posted on 04/07/2002 7:33:34 AM PDT by Democrats are liars
Since the signing of the Oslo Accords in September 1993, and most especially since the outbreak of violence in September 2000, Palestinian spokespersons and the Palestinian media have launched a barrage of lies against Israel and the Israeli Army.
Here is the story of one that did not fly...
On March 31, 2002, I was watching one of CNN's most capable anchors, Arnand Naidoo, interview chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Jericho, and Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emanuel Nachson in the Jerusalem studio.
Like a hysterical schoolchild, Saeb Erekat described the shooting and shelling of an Israeli raid being carried out on Yasser Arafat's Ramallah headquarters. Mr. Erekat repeatedly stated that he feared for Chairman Arafat's life. He further charged that a Palestinian policeman had been wounded in the gunfight and was bleeding to death as a result of the Israeli Army not allowing an ambulance to retrieve him.
Arnand Naidoo naturally questioned Mr. Nachson over why Israel was attacking the compound after giving the U.S. assurances that Chairman Arafat would not be harmed.
Mr. Nachson replied that to his knowledge, the Israeli Army was not attacking, and would not attack, the Ramallah compound in order to harm Chairman Arafat; the operation that Mr. Erekat was describing was not happening, and was probably part of the Palestinian disinformation campaign.
Mr. Erekat became even more hysterical and vehement in his accusations (if this was possible). He again demanded that the attack be called off, that an ambulance be allowed to retrieve the wounded policeman, and in the face of Mr. Nachson's rebuttal, challenged CNN to send a camera crew to "see for themselves" the cause of the policeman's wounds.
And that's where it got interesting folks...
Just when it appeared that the warm air from Saeb Erekat's mouth had provided this lie with enough lift to become airborne and join the myriad other Palestinian lies in general circulation, Arnand Naidoo made a courageous decision.
He crossed live to another capable CNN reporter, Michael Holmes, who was 200 meters from the Ramallah compound.
Michael Holmes described exactly what was going on: nothing.
There were no gun-battles. No Israeli soldiers blasting their way in. No tank shells; certainly none directed at the compound.
Holmes described some Israeli soldiers calmly walking into the area of the compound already breached, and then calmly walking out again a few moments later. He could hear no gunfire, and was at pains to describe the fact that if there had been gunfire, he was certainly close enough to have heard it! He also said that although a tank shell could be heard occasionally, these tanks were in other areas of the city, and the rounds were "certainly not directed at the compound".
He mentioned that some minutes earlier what he presumed to be a stun grenade had been detonated in the courtyard, but that it was not accompanied by any other activity.
A commercial break promptly ended this most interesting episode.
I watched CNN news for the next 2 hours to see what would unfold, and in both subsequent news bulletins, Michael Holmes described the complete inactivity at Arafat's compound. Mr. Erekat's lies were not repeated, but the ubiquitous news ticker told of "conflicting accounts" from Israeli and Palestinian sources about a raid on Yasser Arafat's compound.
What are we to make of this?
To those of us attuned to Middle East politics, this is just another example of professional Palestinian liars such as Nabil Shaath, Saeb Erekat, Hanan Ashrawi, Ahmad Qurei (Abu Ala) and "General Yasser Arafat" himself spewing forth their baseless accusations in order to malign and discredit Israel.
It is a pattern that the Western media - with the notable exception of Fox News - has been very slow to pick up on, and is even more reticent to expose.
In light of the mountain of lies told by the Palestinians, it would seem reasonable to expect that Western outlets would be more thorough in their investigation of Palestinian claims.
But this does not occur. I believe this is partly due to naivety, and partly due to the fact that a large proportion of the news media - especially the most esteemed BBC - are ready to believe and report the absolute worst about 'the Israelis' and similarly refuse to believe the disturbing truth about 'the oppressed Palestinians.'
For them, the 'truth' has nothing to do with the facts.
"It is a pattern that the Western media - with the notable exception of Fox News - has been very slow to pick up on, and is even more reticent to expose."
Yeah we know about the bias!
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The elite American media has continually lied and presented half-truths or propaganda as 'fact' to the public for decades now. Why would we expect this to be any different? In the past month alone, how many public lies have the Palestinians been caught in? And yet the elite American media still preaches about Arafat claiming to want 'peace' and giving his propaganda continual air time.
I saw Tony Snow go after him, he was on with a young Israeli spokesman, Mark Regeb(?), who exhibited more restraint than I would have had, and the more Snow questioned him, the more ridiculous his lies and exaggerations became.
Why would Israelis want to live near these psychopaths. Brave people, very brave.
I would include Fox in this group.
An example: On the morning that the Palestinians were saying that the Israeli forces had blown the southern door off of the Church of the Nativity...Fox & Friends had a live report from Jennifer Griffin in, Israel.
She was speaking to a Palestinian lawyer over the phone. The lawyer said that he was in the church...and the church's door had been bombed, there was a fire, part of the building had caved in...and the Israelis were firing on them.
Later...we heard from a Priest in the church...he said that he had been told the door was blown off (hint hint)...anyway...
Later in the day we found out it was not the back door of the church at all...but a back gate...and the Israelis still denied that they did it.
I wrote to Fox & Friends and asked them to remind the viewers exactly what the Palestinian lawyer had said...and to announce that obviously he was a liar.
Unless I missed it...Fox & Friends did not mention the lies that had been broadcast via their show.
A VERY GOOD SPOKESMAN FOR ISRAEL
Now the question is: Will a proven liar like that be allowed on CNN again????
Well maybe they did not learn it from Clinton. However I am sure they picked up a few tricks from Clinton as far as the spin game goes.
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