Palestinians Cooking Up New Pallywood Lie, Expert: ‘Show Me the Puppy!’ (JEWISH PRESS) By: Yori Yanover 03/23/12)
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What began as a straight forward news item, based on a report from
the Palestinian news agency Ma’an, is now being blown into another
blood libel, involving bits of dead bodies and Israeli drones
targeting innocent Palestinian children.
Several outlets ran the original story, datelined Sunday, March 11,
“A Palestinian youth was killed on Sunday after Israeli military
aircraft carried out airstrikes on a suspected rocket launch sites
near the town of Jabaliya in the Gaza Strip.”
It’s a sad story, it’s the stuff of parental nightmares. In the mad
violence that surrounds the Gaza strip, born by the inhumane attacks
of Palestinian thugs on Israeli civilian targets, every child lost is
a bitter casualty.
The IDF spokesperson’s office maintains that “during the course of
the latest escalation, at least 20 terrorist and 4 civilians were
killed. This is a direct result of terrorist organizations operating
from within densely populated areas, deliberately targeting Israeli
civilians while endangering Gaza residents.”
In other words, the four unfortunate civilians died because they were
standing too close to rocket launching Jihadist teams.
Altogether, some 200 rockets and mortar shells were shot at Israeli
civilian populations within a rather large radius of the Gaza strip
in the four days that followed al-Qaisi’s killing. I visited a
kindergarten in Nir Oz, two miles from the border, where a mortar
shell had landed outside a kindergarten just one hour before the
place would have been filled with toddlers. Palestinian callousness
when it comes to targeting children has been part of the public
record since before 1967.
Which is why the new campaign being launched these days by the
Palestinian Center for Human Rights is so outrageous, it crosses well
into the macabre and the cynical in ways that wouldn’t have shamed,
say, American comic genius Larry David on a particularly nasty day.
“Trauma of Israeli airstrike haunts Gaza family,” was the headline of
a new Ma’an story, which was, really, a heavily scrubbed “update” of
their original story.
The traumatized relatives of a 12-year-old boy killed by an Israeli
airstrike say they are scared to leave their homes since his death.
“We are scared to go out, and find a part of Ayoub’s body on a tree,
in the street, in the garden. Since the attack, we all sleep in the
same room, with all the children because we are afraid.”
This is followed by what has to be the Hallmark Card version of war
Ayoub Asalia was struck by an Israeli drone as he chased a puppy on
his way to school in Gaza on March 11.
PCHR said there were no fighters in the area at the time of Ayoub’s
killing. The targeting and killing of a child is a war crime, it said
in a statement.
It was newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst who coined the
phrase: Give me a mother, a baby and a dog, and I’ll give you a
magazine cover that sells. This one has it all, except in a chilling,
Bizarro World kind of way. You have a mother who is traumatized by
the body parts of her baby who was killed chasing a puppy. One gets a
sense of a celebration of gore in an appalling deathfest.
The Jewish Press contacted the IDF Spokesperson’s office for details
on the specific March 11 incident and received this response:
On Sunday, March 11th, Israeli aircraft targeted rocket launching
pits that had been used by terrorist organizations to launch rockets.
During this targeting, an uninvolved civilian who had initially been
observed near the launch site in what appeared to be preparations for
a rocket launch, was hit. While the IDF regrets non-combatant
casualties, it is ultimately the responsibility of the Hamas and
other terror organizations, who operate from within densely populated
areas and render Gaza civilians as human shields.
The location that had been targeted had been the launch site of
numerous rockets during the previous days, including rockets
targeting the Israeli cities of Ashdod, Gan Yavne and Beer Sheva.
Intelligence indications also suggested that a terrorist was en route
to the site to launch additional rockets.
A source in the IDF southern front confirmed that the civilian in
question was, indeed, a child, who was killed while playing near the
rocket launching pits.
Leave it up to the PCHR to turn a story of parents whose child ran
off into a deadly zone, into a story of Israeli drones chasing after
children and their puppies.
That version of the story is entirely made up, says author Barry Saw,
founder of the Netanya Terror Victims organization, whose new
book “Israel – Reclaiming the Narrative” promotes effective ways of
responding to Palestinian propaganda.
“I’ve been fighting for years the lies and the frauds of the
Palestinian narrative,” Shaw told the Jewish Press. “The Palestinians
should tell us, was the drone aiming at the puppy or the kid?”
In other words, was this a case of violating children’s rights or
animal rights? he joked.
Barry Shaw employs humor to shoot down this and similar gory
Palestinian stories which are comprised of half truths and outright
lies. The most important thing, he stresses, is not to get caught in
apologizing or trying to explain a story which was devised as a
weapon against the Jewish state.
“This is typical Palestinian fiction, when they cook up these
emotional stories, to try and gain sympathy,” he says.
In Shaw’s view, the dog’s name in the story would depend on how big
it was: it should be named “Kassam” if it’s a small puppy, and “Grad”
if it’s a big one. “Because Kassams and Grads were the only things
targeted in Gaza when 200 rockets were fired at innocent Israeli
civilians. Enough of the lies already.” (© 2012 JewishPress. 03/23/12)
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