The formerly well-respected rightwing Jerusalem Post has been trimmed down to merely a tabloid. The remaining publication has again (this is by far not the first time, and here and here and here) published an article that is misleading at best, spreading hatred for Jews and Israel to the four corners of the globe. Though it calls the terrorists “terrorists,” this seems only for good form because its headline and bottom line voice a PA’s accusation that Israel commits “extra-judicial killings of Palestinians.”
All antisemitic and antizionist positions are always based on plain lies and antipathy, I found. So the only challenge was to find the lie. It wasn’t hard.
By chance, I watched footage of the attack on a policeman close to the Temple Mount. It’s for all to see on the Internet. It shows something entirely different from what the Post describes or the PA claimed.
The Post writes and quotes (without telling us that proof of falsehood is there for all to see): “the three Palestinian assailants had been shot ‘without being arrested or interrogated.'”
Rather, they were shot at in hot pursuit of a policeman. The two youth had not “stabbed a police officer.” They were running after him with knives in the air. That’s when they were shot. One stayed down, the other still moved (trying to get up again?) and was shot at again. It’s not clear which of the two was killed and which one was the wounded one.
Also the car assailant was only shot when he tried to get out of his car. His attempt to kill was filmed too and the footage is also published.
In the past, lives have been lost by being too passive when murders go on the move. Already when you try to kill someone, you forfeited your life. But if you don’t hold still, expect to be sot on the spot. To call that “to be shot without being arrested or interrogated” is the ultimate chutzpah.
And if you don’t mind doing the math from the information provided (the Post fails to do so), the car assailant was already wounded in clashes with the IDF when he was 14. So much for youthful innocence.
The PA spokesperson is allowed to add (without any comment from the Post or anyone else): “this escalation is a dangerous indication and could continue in the period leading up to the Israeli elections in mid-September.” He suggested that the US administration is “covering up on these actions, which are in violation of international laws.” This is all too ridiculous for words but published by the Post as serious opinions anyway.
Don’t assume this was a one-off by the Post. In reporting a couple of days later, its Staff mentions again the falsehood that “Two young Palestinians were shot … after they stabbed a police officer.” They were actually shot while stabbing. (And it is possible to other outlets to report about the issue in this report in context, showing its further untruth.) This article was removed after half an hour and replaced by a different text altogether. But under a different heading still on the site. Oversight? See screen clip:
In contrast, when the Post reports on the oppression of GLBTQ by the PA police in the West Bank, both the PA and the Queer organization are quoted at length, with the latter getting the final say. But then, they’re not Israelis. (Here’s a report denying that abuser and abused are equals.)
(The Post also, in a separate recent report, weighed in on an extremist anti-Zionist Member of Congress who may have refused to meet with PA President Abbas. The angry elephant in the room is that Abbas would be even too moderate for her taste.)
Hamas and the Palestinian Authority are forbidden to operate in Jerusalem to stop them from claiming the eternal Capital of the Jewish People. Maybe some action should be taken against the Post that seems to function continuously as spokesperson for the PA. Let them move to Ramallah.