Saturday, May 03, 2008


Palestinians commemorate Nakba Day during a rally in Gaza May 1, 2008. The malignant looking dwarf is supposed to be a Jew. You can't tell from the picture but he smells like shit. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem (GAZA).

Peter Hoskin of the Spectator recently visited the Southern Israeli town of Sderot and, unlike some agenda driven Hamas apologists in the media who bury news of the trauma suffered by innocent Israeli civilians living daily lives in the shadow of terrorist attacks, he took out his notebook, interviewed a wide cross section of townspeople and provided a real snapshot of the beleagured Israeli town.

Hoskin also reported on the shared suffering of the residents of Sderot and the feeling of solidarity they have with their neighbours - the ordinary Gazan population. He pulled no punches and hid nothing to provide an insight into Hamas that is sadly rare in the mainstream media these days - one that reveals that Hamas is "tearing Gazan infrastructure apart to ensure the rockets keep falling on Israeli heads."

The question is asked - "[w]hy are there no traffic lights in Gaza? Because the pipes which support them are being cut up and made into Qassams. Why is the Gazan drainage and sewage system so substandard? Same reason."

The fact that Palestinian terrorists have fouled their environment for the purpose of destroying their Israeli neighbours is nothing new. Nor will it come as a surprise to anyone that there are some perverted minds on this earth who are willing to turn fact on its head to blame the Jews alone for such muck. Johann Hari is one of them.

Hari is the author of a noxious op ed dripping with anti-Semitic bilge picked up by some of the murkier news outlets that fill the media world's sewers - such publications as the UK's Independent, the Irish Independent and our national capital's own The Canberra Times. Der Sturmer would have taken it but it appears that publication is no longer in production.

Hari, who last week won the Orwell Prize (once a prestigious award for political writing), revived the old blood libel of Jews "poisoning the wells" by adopting a Ministy of Truth pose and accusing Israel of deliberately polluting West Bank groundwater supplies without regard to its Palestinian neighbours and claiming that Israel is soley responsible for this problem. But, as Honest Reporting points out this is pure bullshit:

"It is no secret that Israel has a chronic water problem and lags behind many other developed nations in environmental protection. However, the Palestinians are equally to blame for polluting the environment in the West Bank, which has, in turn, also caused damage to Israel's own water supplies. The West Bank mountain aquifer is one of the largest freshwater sources supplying both Israelis and Palestinians. Indeed, Israelis and Palestinians have jointly tackled such pollution and Israel has used its own expertise to provide Palestinian population centers with sewage treatment facilities. Why would Israel purposely destroy its own limited water supply?"

Hari's rant goes beyond the nonsensical. He literally wallows in what has become typical of journalism's worst by resorting to sensationalism and lies to attack the Jewish State. Here's the classy part:

"Whenever I try to mouth these words [of reassurance for Israel], a remembered smell fills my nostrils. It is the smell of shit."

Of course, the reason why the smell of shit is so familiar to Hari is that he wakes up with that smell every morning because he's full of it!

Hari is so desperate to heap effluent on Israel that he resorts to the re-use of material that was fully discredited when he used it the last time. This was a notorious quotation (allegedly from former Israeli PM David Ben-Gurion) invented and used by the anti-Zionist "academic" Ilan Pappe to manufacture a non-existent systematic plan of "ethnic cleansing" of Palestinians to create the Israeli state. He used the phoney quote ("The Arabs will have to go, but one needs an opportune moment for making it happen, such as a war") in The Independent in 2006 and was instantly exposed by Israeli historian Benny Morris in a letter addressing the charge of "ethnic cleansing" and the quote as:

"an invention, pure and simple, either by Hari or by whomever he is quoting (Ilan Pappe?)....

Neither Ben-Gurion nor the Zionist movement 'planned' the displacement of the 700,000-odd Arabs who moved or were removed from their homes in 1948. There was no such plan or blanket policy. Transfer was never adopted by the Zionist movement as part of its platform; on the contrary, the movement always accepted that the Jewish state that arose would contain a sizeable Arab minority."

If this sounds all too familiar, it should be because the same line was taken by the equally odious anti-Zionist journalism lecturer (heaven help his students!) Peter Manning in a stinker of an op ed piece published this week in the Sydney Morning Herald and roasted by the Australian and many of its discerning readers later in the week. Manning also cited Pappe who, not only has admitted that the truth is of less consequence to him than his hate-filled ideology, but has recently been keeping company with some truly unsavoury characters. Tom Gross notes in his blog that on 21 March this year, Pappe gave an interview to the German neo-Nazi newspaper, National Zeitung. Hari, Manning and Pappe make good bedfellows.

The lies, half-truths distortions and outright racism coming from the anti-Zionist camp in the lead up to Israel's 60th anniversary celebrations are reaching fever pitch. As Tom Gross points 0ut: "Goebbels would be proud."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's Hari with the rifle in the picture, right?