Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

The Palestinian Post again spreads anti-Israel lies

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.)

(Bernie Sanders is increasingly “supportive of Israel like Obama,” a euphemism for hostile. You can’t tell from “Jerusalem” Post reporting.)

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.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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